BAYONNE — It is 2 p.m. and Natajia Goodwin is heading to her job within the Bayonne Crossing purchasing plaza. It isn’t a very harmful job, till she will get to Route 440.
Goodwin, 24, waits on the intersection of East 22nd Avenue and Route 440 as automobiles whiz by, going 40 to 50 miles per hour. The sunshine turns pink and she or he walks throughout the thoroughfare.
“Each time I cross the road all people all the time tells me ‘be protected,'” she says. “Guess it isn’t very protected.”
On Wednesday afternoon, Goodwin was one in every of dozens who crossed Route 440 to get to Bayonne Crossing. A number of blocks north, much more pedestrians who crossed the busy — and generally lethal — state freeway from 32nd Avenue to get to the South Cove Commons plaza.
Requires enhanced security measures alongside Route 440 are being renewed within the wake of Wednesday evening’s deadly crash, which claimed the lifetime of a pedestrian who was struck between 21st and 22nd streets.
The fatality is the 19th on Hudson County roadways this 12 months, and the seventh since Aug. 31, in accordance with New Jersey State Police statistics. At this level final 12 months, there had been 22 fatalities in Hudson County.
The sufferer, whose id has not but been launched by authorities investigating Wednesday’s crash, is the fifth particular person to die in a site visitors incident on Route 440 in Bayonne since November 2014.
Tyler Sellers, 20, and Sabore Worrell, 24, have been struck and killed whereas crossing the busy freeway at Lefante Method on the evening of Nov. 2, 2015. Authorities decided the motive force, Waqas Ibrar, was touring over 100 mph on the time of the crash. He was later discovered responsible of two counts of loss of life by auto and was sentenced to 12 years in jail in February.
Wednesday’s crash got here simply days after the third anniversary of the 2 pals’ deaths. On Thursday, Sellers’ father Jay mentioned extra ought to have have already got completed to make sure the security of pedestrians — and motorists — on Route 440.
Including extra sidewalks and crosswalks alongside the freeway could be an excellent begin, he mentioned.
“It’s totally, very unhappy. It is one thing that simply should not have occurred. It occurs too many occasions,” he mentioned. “What number of households are going to have lose a beloved one to this freeway? How many individuals are going to need to lose their life for them to repair it?”
“I am devastated that one other life was misplaced,” added Mary Sellers, Tyler’s step-mother. “It introduced again plenty of horrific reminiscences.
“I believe one thing must be completed.”
There are solely two crosswalks on the .9-mile stretch of Route 440 between 21st and 32nd streets (at 22nd and 32nd streets).
Pedestrian bridges have been on the minds of metropolis officers for a while now, however on Wednesday evening the Metropolis Council authorized two resolutions to exit to bid for a “native idea improvement examine” for a pedestrian bridge over Route 440 between the 34th Avenue Mild Rail Station and the previous Navy Ocean Terminal.
Council President Sharon Ashe-Nadrowski mentioned the bridge continues to be to start with levels, and provided no time line for completion.
“We all know we wish a bridge,” she mentioned. “…as soon as we get the RFP than we’ll get design proposals.”
However she mentioned there are presently no concrete plans so as to add any kind of security measures to the 2 crosswalks close to Bayonne Crossing and South Cove Commons.
Spokespeople for each Mayor Jimmy Davis and the state Division of Transportation didn’t instantly reply to requests for touch upon the pedestrian bridge plan. In January 2017, Davis mentioned the metropolis had roughly $four million for building from federal funds allotted by way of the state DOT and the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority.
Frank Alessi, head of the corporate that has developed a lot of the 2 purchasing plazas, mentioned they’ve written letters to town in assist of extra pedestrian crossings and bridges.
“It is sensible, and as property homeowners we’re all for the state Division of Transportation and town to assist no matter determination they make in offering the suitable crossing for pedestrians,” he mentioned.
It is one thing that can not be delay any longer, Jay Sellers mentioned.
“Why would not you do it? I do not care what it prices,” he mentioned. “You possibly can’t put a worth on somebody’s life.”
Journal metropolis editor Patrick Villanova contributed to this report.