Route 130 has been named the most dangerous road for pedestrians, For Delran Route 130 is the town's Main Street. 6 lanes divided by a pesky jersey barrier. According to Phillyburbs.com 20 Year Old Christal Smith of Delran was struck on Monday at 6:40 AM in the crosswalk in front of Holy Cross High School. She was heading to her job at Shop Rite in the nearby Hartford Corners Shopping Center. As is often the case the driver has not been charged.
The signal at this crosswalk is pedestrian activated, The crossing is unique because the right of way was sawcut into the jersey barrier. The irony is that this crossing was probably created in the name of safety.
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Even old school highway engineers would consider this an afterthought.
Delran would be a great place for officials to conduct a road safety audit, these audits are usually performed by transportation experts on foot and the results would create a priority list of engineering, enforcement and education solutions to reduce traffic crashes and fatalities.
Our condolences go out to friends and family of Christal Smith. Let's hope that this tragedy spurs the call for real changes on Route 130.