Saturday, August 20, 2011

Could a Missing Sidewalk have Prevented a Tragedy?

According to A man walking from work in Sicklerville, Winslow Township early Friday morning was a victim of a hit and run. Vance Banks, 27, was walking home from work along Sicklerville Road in Winslow Township just after 1 a.m.and was found in the parking area of Clark Associates along the 500 block of Sicklerville Rd. Bank is in critical but stable condition at Cooper Memorial Hospital.

The victim was struck by an outlaw motorist driving a 2003 to 2007 two-door red Honda Accord, which was traveling north on Sicklerville Road. The car should have right front damage and will be missing the rearview mirror from the passenger side, said police. Anyone with information about the hit-and-run should call police at 609-561-3300

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The map above shows the location of crash. Note that the adjoining cul de sac has sidewalks while there are no sidewalks on Sicklerville Road. It makes us wonder if the proffers that require sidewalks (which we wholeheartedly support) should be reworked in these situations. Could a cul de sac developer be directed to build 1000 feet of sidewalk on the adjoining main road instead of the 1000 feet in front of their lots?

We wish the Mr. Banks a speedy recovery and that the perpetrator in this case is found and convicted. We also hope that this is a wake up call for Winslow Township and Gloucester County to develop a comprehensive plan to complete a safe network of sidewalks so that other hard working people walking to and from work do not have wonder whether they are going to make it home alive.

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