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Jaywalking Cause of Boy Being Struck, Police Say

Police warned students against jaywalking, several months before boy was hit, report says.

As the Safe Routes to School Committee lobbies to create additional crosswalks and add sidewalks to streets near Chatham schools, one incident brings home the need for increased safety—and increased education.

On Wednesday, Oct. 10, a 13-year-old boy was struck by a car while crossing Lafayette Avenue near Main Street outside the crosswalk. Multiple witnesses confirmed the boy was not using the crosswalk, according to a statement from Chatham Borough Police.

Traffic Safety Officer Robert Sweetin spoke at several Chatham schools during April's Walk and Bike to School Week, including at Chatham Middle School.

According to two articles which appeared in the Independent Press, Sweetin specifically walked students about the dangers of jaywalking, and jaywalking, seen on the streets of Chatham every day, was the cause of the accident which sent the boy to the hospital.

jingle jones October 17, 2012 at 10:24 AM
Leave the poor kid alone! Do you honestly think he doesn't already know it was a bad idea? Stop harassing him. To repeat the cop's "I told you so" is not in the least helpful.
llbxy October 17, 2012 at 01:09 PM
Relax...the boy's name wasn't used and no one is "harassing" him. I think the point of the article is just to reassure parents that the kids have been taught about pedestrian safety, and if they follow those guidelines they're less likely to get hurt. If it's necessary to make an example out of this kid to prevent it from happening again, that's not a bad thing.
chatham7 October 18, 2012 at 01:43 AM
llbxy - are you serious?? Pretty much anyone with a child knows who it was. There is not a point to this article. jingle jones - could not agree more.
llbxy October 18, 2012 at 02:33 AM
Gossip happens with or without Patch. The point is to avoid hysteria and people blaming the crossing guards, school staff, etc. for this accident when it was clearly the fault of the child and his parent.
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