On Friday February 17th at approximately 5:43pm the Franklin Police responded to a report of two pedestrians struck by a motor vehicle in the area of 110 East Central Street. Franklin Police and Fire responded to the scene.
One of the injured was transported to Milford Hospital while the second injured pedestrian was transported to Rhode Island Hospital. The operator of the vehicle remained at the scene, and will be interviewed by officers from the Franklin Police Accident Reconstruction Unit. At this time the injuries to one victim appear to be serious.
No further information is available at this time.
This crash remains under investigation by the Franklin Accident Reconstruction Unit. The names of the involved parties are not being released at this time.
This report was shared from the Town of Franklin Police Dpartment page
As frequent readers know, I walk about town quite a bit. I happened to have walked down this section of East Central St Friday morning. The eastbound sidewalk for the most part has been cleared and it is pretty safe going until just about this spot where the sidewalk was blocked and you are forced into the road side. The road side is also partially blocked. I stopped and waited for several cars to pass before I ventured around the snow. Assuming the women were wearing dark winter clothes, walking in the same direction, and at dusk, the driver of the vehicle may not have been able to see them.
If you walk in the dark, please wear light colored clothing or something reflective. Give yourself and the driver a chance to see each other.
Recall that the Town Council recently voted to repeal the sidewalk snow removal bylaw. Part of the rationale was (1) the bylaw as written was unenforceable and (2) the DPW clears the sidewalks downtown.
From the Feb 1, Town Council meeting:
|J. LEGISLATION FOR ACTION|
Milford Daily News article from Jan 10 about the proposal to repeal the snow removal bylaw
|evidence that the DPW does get to clear the sidewalks of snow. However one must also ask if the Downtown Project took so long, to plan, couldn't they at least have put the pole on the side of the sidewalk?|