Two pedestrian deaths on route 22 west raises questions on pedestrian traffic
At 3:12 a.m. on Thursday, August 25th, two pedestrians were struck and killed by a Toyota Sienna. The fatal crash took place on Route 22 West, near the Bridgewater Diner. The two pedestrians, a 29-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman, were walking westbound on the left lane of the highway. It has yet to be determined if the driver was intoxicated at the time of the accident, but from the reports of the accident, it seems like the driver was sober.
The accident was likely the result of the fast speeds on the highway, and the lack of visibility at night. Though these two pedestrians absolutely should not have been walking on the highway, it actually is somewhat common for pedestrians to walk around in this area because of the nearby local businesses. With the Bridgewater Diner nearby, it is commonplace for people to be walking around in the area, especially at night.
Additionally, because the diner operates late at night, it’s safe to assume that many of the people eating at the diner are intoxicated, and probably aren’t walking as carefully as they should be. It’s a recipe for disaster having local businesses, pedestrians, and a highway all bunched together without any crosswalks to regulate pedestrian traffic. This was a devastating accident, and it makes you wonder why nothing has been done to regulate pedestrian traffic in the area.
It’s the town of Bridgewater’s responsibility to make sure this never happens again, and this accident will hopefully influence those who govern the town to make pedestrian traffic safer in this area. Simply constructing some traffic lights and crosswalks could make the area much safer for pedestrians. Sure, some people might be completely against this because of the cost, and because putting up a traffic light would slow down the highway, but some lives might be saved.