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Waynesboro man injured after being struck by car

Man is 40th pedestrian struck in borough since Jan. 1, 2004

Man is 40th pedestrian struck in borough since Jan. 1, 2004

March 18, 2008|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A Waynesboro man remained in serious condition Monday night at York (Pa.) Hospital, where he was flown after being hit by a car Monday afternoon as he crossed West Main Street.

Donald Reed Jr., who is believed to be in his 50s, became the 40th pedestrian to be struck in the Borough of Waynesboro since Jan. 1, 2004.

The driver of the small red car reported not seeing Reed until he was on her windshield, Waynesboro police Sgt. Mike Bock said.

"We are not sure whether the gentleman was in the crosswalk or not," Bock said, adding that police were continuing to investigate the accident.

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Police, fire police and fire department personnel shut down the first block of West Main Street for almost an hour after the 1:26 p.m. accident.

The Waynesboro Borough Council, using anonymously donated funds, recently purchased about a half dozen neon freestanding signs for the middle of crosswalks.

Public outcry about pedestrian safety has been on the increase in the past year, with one resident going as far as to call Waynesboro "one of the most dangerous places for pedestrians in south-central Pennsylvania."

Borough police reported seven pedestrian accidents in 2004, 13 in 2005, seven in 2006 and 11 in 2007. Monday's accident was the second in 2008.

On Sept. 19, 2006, 65-year-old Kyeng Ja Kim was killed on West Main Street near the intersection with Mulberry Avenue. Joseph Stewart, 93, was pronounced dead at the scene of a South Potomac Street accident May 1, 2007, according to published reports.

A car hit wheelchair-bound Franklin Bowers, 71, on July 10, 2007, and he died several months later in a hospital.

Statewide, 4,673 pedestrian accidents - 170 of which were fatalities - were reported in 2006. Of the fatal accidents, 41.8 percent occurred when pedestrians were entering or crossing roads, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

The number of pedestrian accidents reported in Pennsylvania declined each year from 2002 to 2006, according to PennDOT.




Waynesboro pedestrian accidents



Borough police have reported 40 accidents since Jan. 1, 2004

· Seven pedestrian accidents in 2004

· Thirteen in 2005

· Seven in 2006

· Eleven in 2007

· Monday's accident was the second in 2008.

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