Synagogue seeks safety upgrades at intersection

After a fatal accident in Jacksonville on Sept. 13, the city might make changes for walkers who cross the intersection. A 57-year-old woman was killed at the scene in a pedestrian accident while her daughter was transported to a medical facility with serious injuries after they were struck by a 66-year-old motorist as they crossed the street. He did not have a valid driver’s license and had not been charged as of Sept. 16.

The driver was in the center lane when he hit the pair, although he tried to veer out of their way. Further information revealed that he also hit and killed a young child in 2009. He was not charged in her death. However, he has an extensive history of approximately 20 traffic citations since 1996, according to court documents.

A local house of faith has petitioned the city for changes to the traffic controls for months. The women were on their way to a Yom Kippur Service at the synagogue near the corner and didn’t press the light delay button that would have given them more time to cross the busy intersection. The rabbi doesn’t think that walkers and bicyclists have enough time with the current settings of the lights. He sent requests to his representative in April asking that the timing of the lights be lengthened. After the traffic fatality, the Governor’s Office responded that they would work on the changes. They have scheduled a meeting with the rabbi to discuss a resolution to the problem and are considering timer changes or traffic officers as possible solutions.

When someone loses their life in an accident, family members might want to hold the responsible party accountable, even if they aren’t charged criminally. A personal injury attorney might be able to help clients seek financial compensation by negotiating with the at-fault driver’s insurance company.

Source:, “Fatal accident on San Jose may lead to traffic-crossing changes on busy road“, Dana Treen, September 16, 2013

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