• Deadly Weekend: One Pedestrian and One Cyclist Are Dead, Another Pedestrian Is Critically Injured

    by  • July 28, 2014 • Injuries and Fatalities, Safety • 2 Comments

    The third of three led/bike weekend crashes left a pedestrian critically injured.   In the earlier two crashes, a pedestrian and cyclist died.

    The third of three ped/bike crashes over the weekend left a pedestrian critically injured. In the earlier two crashes, a pedestrian and cyclist both died. (Photo credit: John Jankowski Jr./News Journal)

    Three crashes over the weekend left one pedestrian and one cyclist dead and another pedestrian critically injured.

    Joanne “Jo-Jo” Johnson, 67, a long-time employee at the News Journal, was struck by a minivan and killed Friday afternoon west of New Castle as she tried to cross Dupont Highway (US 13) just north of  the US 13/US 40 split. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

    In a facebook posting, a friend of Ms. Johnson’s wrote that “she loved her 2 boys more than her own life. With each grandchild she grew happier and happier. She had 8, 3 granddaughters and 5 grandsons. She walked everywhere she needed to get to.”

    On Saturday evening at about 8:30PM, Eloy Sandoval, 44, of Newark, was trying to cross Route 273 (Ogletown Road) east of Newark was struck and killed by a car. The motorist was approaching Ruthar Drive when he lost control of the car, the car left the roadway and entered the center median, rotated counter-clockwise and then continued into the intersection where the cyclist was struck.

    On Sunday morning at about 11AM, a pedestrian was struck on Foulk Road in the Brandywine Hundred area north of Wilmington. He was rushed to Christiana Hospital where he was admitted in critical condition.

    Between a quarter and a third of all traffic fatalities in Delaware are pedestrians and cyclists.

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    Pedestrians at High Risk (News Journal front page article)

    • Road Safety in Delaware: How We Can Reduce the Number of Dead Pedestrians

    • Senator Coons and Representative Carney Will Co-Sponsor the Bicycle and Pedestrian Road Safety Act

    • Safety Act Language for Walking and Cycling Is Included in Federal Transportation Bill Approved by Senate Committee

    • Senator Peterson Praises DelDOT for Improving Pedestrian Safety

    • Remembering Michael Gropp

    • Another Pedestrian Struck at Rt. 273 and Brownleaf Road

    Bob Wheeler

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