Police: Man in­jured af­ter driv­ers si­mul­ta­ne­ously run stop signs

Newark Post - - POLICE BLOTTER - By JOSH SHAN­NON jshan­non@ches­pub.com

Two driv­ers si­mul­ta­ne­ously ran stop signs and col­lided in the Old Ne­wark neigh­bor­hood last week, in­jur­ing one of the driv­ers, police said.

The crash hap­pened at ap­prox­i­mately 8 a.m. Jan. 26 at the in­ter­sec­tion of Or­chard and Winslow roads, ac­cord­ing to Sgt. Ger­ald Bryda, a spokesman for the Ne­wark Police Depart­ment.

Adrien Olivier, 87, of Ne­wark, was driv­ing a 2005 Chrysler Town and Coun­try mini­van west on Winslow Road, while Hunter Luckow, 20, of Hunt­ing­ton, N.Y., was driv­ing a 2015 Jeep Chero­kee north on Or­chard Road.

Both driv­ers went through the in­ter­sec­tion with­out stop­ping at the stop signs, and Luckow’s Jeep hit the left side of Olivier’s van, Bryda said. A neigh­bor’s pri­vate sur­veil­lance cam­era cap­tured footage of the crash.

Both driv­ers were cited for fail­ure to stop at a stop sign. Speed was not a fac­tor, Bryda said.

New Cas­tle County paramedics treated Olivier at the scene for in­juries to his chest and ab­domen, ac­cord­ing to paramedic spokesper­son Yvonne T. Rus­sell. He was taken to Chris­tiana Hos­pi­tal in stable con­di­tion.

The in­ter­sec­tion is one of two in Old Ne­wark where city of­fi­cials are con­sid­er­ing in­stalling a mini traf­fic cir­cle to help calm traf­fic.

The project was ini­ti­ated by a group of residents call­ing them­selves Friends of Ne­wark Neigh­bor­hood Streets. The residents said driv­ers run­ning stop signs is a ma­jor is­sue on Or­chard Road, which is a res­i­den­tial street but of­ten used as a short­cut for driv­ers try­ing to avoid South Col­lege Av­enue.

“They just fly past the in­ter­sec­tion. No brake lights, like 30 mph,” Linda Lau­renceau, who lives at the cor­ner of Or­chard and Winslow, said last fall as work­ers in­stalled a tem­po­rary mockup of the pro­posed traf­fic cir­cle.

The traf­fic cir­cle was left in place for two weeks as part of the pi­lot pro­gram. A sur­vey taken af­ter­ward showed mixed feed­back, with about half of re­spon­dents in­di­cat­ing they would like it to be­come per­ma­nent and the other half re­port­ing con­cerns about it.

City of­fi­cials have not yet said if they plan to move for­ward with a per­ma­nent in­stal­la­tion. The sec­ond traf­fic cir­cle was pro­posed for one block away at Or­chard and Sun­set roads.


Last Fri­day’s crash hap­pened here at the in­ter­sec­tion of Winslow and Or­chard roads, where neigh­bors want to in­stall a mini traf­fic cir­cle to calm traf­fic.

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