Po­lice ticket man who says he was struck by ve­hi­cle while cross­ing street

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS - Free­man staff

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.”

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