Po­lice chief de­fends tick­et­ing hit pedes­trian

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE -

SAUGER­TIES >> Town po­lice have tick­eted a pedes­trian who was hit by a pickup truck af­ter he al­legedly jay­walked on Par­ti­tion Street Satur­day af­ter­noon, and Sauger­ties Po­lice Chief Joseph Si­na­gra de­fended the “ag­gres­sive” en­force­ment in a state­ment is­sued Sun­day.

Po­lice said 56-year-old Kenny C. Wise of Wap­pingers Falls walked out into Par­ti­tion Street out­side of a des­ig­nated cross­walk and was struck by a north­bound 2015 Chevro­let pickup truck driven by Ken­neth Gierloff, 47, of Boiceville, around 12:45 p.m. Satur­day.

Author­i­ties said wit­nesses told them Wise walked into the road­way just be­fore he was struck by the side view mir­ror of the pickup, caus­ing him to fall and be struck by the ve­hi­cle’s tires, in­jur­ing his an­kle and foot.

Wise was taken to HealthAl­liance Hos­pi­tal’s Broad­way cam­pus in Kingston, where he was treated and later re­leased.

“We have had a sig­nif­i­cant re­duc­tion in pedes­trian ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dents in the past four years by nearly 50 per­cent,” Si­na­gra said.

“This lat­est in­ci­dent only un­der­scores the need for us to con­tinue our ag­gres­sive ef­forts to­ward re­duc­ing th­ese types of ac­ci­dents, which are clearly avoid­able.

“Based on the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, Wise has been tick­eted un­der the NYS ve­hi­cle traf­fic law, pedes­trian failed to yield right of way to MV (mo­tor ve­hi­cle) in other than des­ig­nated cross­walk,” Si­na­gra said in a news re­lease.

“Mo­torists must yield to any pedes­trian who is in a clearly de­fined and des­ig­nated cross­walk,” Si­na­gra said. If pedes­tri­ans cross the street at any other point, they need to yield to ve­hi­cles.”

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