Police ticket man who says he was struck by vehicle while crossing street
SAUGERTIES >> A man who claimed he was struck by a vehicle while crossing South Partition Street was ticketed for crossing at a non-crosswalk location, according to Saugerties police.
It was the second time in less than a month that Saugerties police ticketed a pedestrian in such a situation.
In the latest incident, Christopher Rich, 45, of Latham Circle, Saugerties, was ticketed Tuesday afternoon for failing to yield to a motor vehicle, police said.
Rich told police he was struck by a 1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee. And though a witness said Rich was crossing South Partition Street as the Jeep approached, police said an inspection of the vehicle “revealed no physical evidence establishing that the vehicle came into contact with Rich.”
A police press release said Rich “appeared to fall to the ground” after completing his crossing, according to a witness account.
Rich complained of lower back pain, was treated at the scene by paramedics and then brought to the Health-Alliance Hospital’s Broadway Campus in Kingston, police said.
On Oct. 1, Saugerties police ticketed a Wappingers Falls man who was struck by a Chevrolet pickup while crossing Partition Street at a non-crosswalk location.
Saugerties Police Chief Joseph Sinagra at the time defended what he called “aggressive” enforcement of jaywalking laws.
“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.”