HBW Student Hit By Car While Crossing Bloomfield


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An H.B. Whitehorne Middle School student was hit by a car this morning while crossing Bloomfield Avenue at Park Avenue. This is the intersection by Hillcrest Farms.

According to the Verona Police Department, the accident occurred at 7:50 a.m. while the student was in the crosswalk and in compliance with the pedestrian signal. The car was eastbound in the right-hand lane. There is no crossing guard at this intersection.

The VPD said the driver didn’t see the student, or the red light against the car, because of extreme sun glare. The photo above was captured by the VPD when officers responded to the scene.

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The Verona Rescue Squad responded to the scene of the accident and took the student, with a parent, to St. Joseph’s University Medical Center in Paterson. The VPD described the student’s injuries as serious but not life-threatening. The police have not publicly identified the student or the driver involved.

The police issued multiple summonses to the driver, who remained at the scene during the investigation. But the VPD is urging drivers to use extra caution whenever visibility is low.

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected]


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