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Woman Flown to Atlantic City After Being Struck By Car While Jogging

Barnegat resident sustained "significant leg injuries," police say

A 41-year-old Barnegat woman was flown by medevac to a trauma center in Atlantic City earlier this evening after she was struck by two cars traveling along West Bay Avenue and 8th Street.

Tracey Stewart was alert and stable after the accident, according to Barnegat Police Sergeant Rich Cassidy.

Cassidy said Stewart had been jogging when a car traveling in the eastbound lane struck her in the arm, knocked her to the ground, and she was then struck in the leg by another vehicle.

Cassidy said she had "significant leg injuries," but was alert and conscious.

Tom Barrett September 18, 2012 at 10:52 AM
This is horrendous, but I am not surprised by it. I have been telling both the police and the administration in Barnegat (the township administrator and the mayor) for years that West Bay Avenue is an accident waiting to happen. It is used as a drag strip by too many people of all ages and is extremely dangerous. Five times have cars run up on my lawn, but the township does nothing to rectify this danger. I have also seen and reported the constant racing up and down this roadway, but all I get is silence from the administration, as no one from either the township administrator's office or the mayor's office has ever returned my phone calls. I am so very sorry to hear about this lady's injury and I wish her well with her recovery, but it might have been prevented had there been a lower speed limit and more involvement in the original planning of this roadway. Shame on the township and the county for creating such danger in a community of children and older folks wanting to live peacefully.
Sm September 18, 2012 at 10:57 AM
There is a meeting tonight at 6.30 pm
nancy peterson September 18, 2012 at 12:34 PM
Where is this meeting and for who
Colleen Platt September 18, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Nancy, I think sm meant the regular committee meeting tonight at town hall. Also, I deleted a few comments off of here because they violated our terms of service. Let's try and keep this discussion civil folks, thanks. - Colleen
WhyohWhy September 18, 2012 at 03:38 PM
When did the accident occur and who were the drivers ? Did they both stop? Seems that alot of info was left out. Hope th The jogger, has a speedy recovery.
jc1033 September 18, 2012 at 04:15 PM
lower speed limit? its like 45 mph there, how much slower do you want people to go...? Some one not paying attention while driving or a lighting issue is probably what caused this. Driver awareness, better street lights, and side walks should be added to the solution list... Or try running on side streets and not main roads...
Michael M September 18, 2012 at 06:09 PM
And I agree with jc1033. The speed limit is fine. With all of the enforcement signs it appears to be pretty well observed too. It sounds like she was jogging with traffic when you are supposed to be running against it so you can see oncoming cars. I would never have the nerve to run with my back to fast moving cars.
Harry Uberti September 19, 2012 at 11:02 AM
A significant shoulder or sidewalk would help. I run that stretch of road while trying to get to other areas. It's a little crazy
Xavier September 20, 2012 at 02:26 PM
Watch out for cars making a right hand turn from a side street. They won't see you if you're approaching from the right. They're going to be looking left for a break in traffic. Well actually, maybe they will see you in their rear view mirror once they've flattened you into the pavement.
Tim Thomas September 20, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Yes, Harry, let's just push all those houses back a good 15-20 feet and we'll have plenty of room for an expanded shoulder and a sidewalk. You get right on that.
mike hunt September 20, 2012 at 08:24 PM
How about the 14 foot shoulder thats already there? how about take the driver license from the senior citizens. I watched 2 cops almost get ran over by the seniors that thought they were going to do 45 through the one open lane that night. nobody mentions that the first driver came back 5 minutes after he struck the woman. crestwood village has everything the seniors need in that area no need for mayhem to leave their area. i cant go in their neighborhood they should stay out of mine. and by the way that 14 foot shoulder to the seinors is just another lane of traffic
mike hunt September 20, 2012 at 08:26 PM
so you should know about that 14 foot shoulder since you run it and the only crazy part about it is the seniors
mike hunt September 20, 2012 at 08:29 PM
the only road used as a drag strip is highland drive when the seniors want to beat the traffic lights. i live here i know. TAKE THEIR DRIVER LICENSE MAKE THEM USE DIAL A RIDE IT DOES EXIST
Tom Barrett September 21, 2012 at 09:31 AM
The speed limit is not fine, as this is an area of the community that has children on this road. The limit should be no more than 35 miles per hour, but even that would not stop many of the drivers on this road to break it. The majority of the drivers break the limit by at least ten to fifteen miles per hour, with too many of them going even faster. On any given day, a person can see cars driving on the shoulder of the road, with sometimes three abreast, each fighting for position. On top of this, no one seems to care whether or not they are breaking the law. And, to comment on those enforcement signs - no one even observes them! If they did, none of the illegal actions that I have observed on this roadway would be happening. Most people driving down this road are merely lawbreakers, with no regard for anyone else but themselves!
Tom Barrett September 21, 2012 at 09:36 AM
Mike, It is not just many of the senior citizens who are the problem here - it is all age groups and social statuses. You can't simply point out one area to blame, for many do it with no regard for any other human being. This is why this accident happened! People do not care enough about their fellow human being, which seems to becoming more and more commonplace today.
Tom Barrett September 21, 2012 at 09:53 AM
Driver awareness? That's a joke! Have you ever observed any driver awareness on most of the roadways around here, or for that matter - anywhere? Most drivers simply move down the road at break-neck speed with no regard for anyone or anything. There is no driver awareness today! It's do as you want, when you want, in the manner you want! We need driver education on a yearly basis, with people of all ages being physically retested for proper driving acumen every three to five years.
Tom Barrett September 21, 2012 at 10:32 AM
Mike, In response to your Highland Drive remark - yes, Highland is used as a dragstrip, but not just by the seniors! I live in the areas I am commenting about and know them full well, and again I say it's not just the seniors! I see drivers of all ages irratically maneuvering down West Bay Avenue, Highland Drive, Nautilus, Lighthouse, Barnegat Blvd, etc., etc., etc.! It's rampant here and throughout the nation. People just do not care about the wellfare of anyone other than themselves! There is no regard for humans of any age today. Children, young and middle age adults, and older folks are treated with disdain and disrespect. It is not only evident in the way we drive, but the way we speak to each other. What we need is more than we can truly handle at this point in time - re-educating everyone in manners, social etiquette, and human behavior in general. This will not happen, because too many of us think we are correct and no one can tell us otherwise. This is why this poor woman now lays in a hospital bed! Gross indifference to all but our own selfish desires! I wish her a speedy recovery!
mike hunt September 21, 2012 at 07:20 PM
speed limit is just fine has been for 35 years or so.
Tom Barrett September 22, 2012 at 12:01 PM
The speed limit has never been fully enforced or adhered to by all drivers on this road, and on top of this, with Nautilus having finally been connected to Stafford, there is a tremendous increase in traffic. Both of these aspects, combined with the increase of adult communities, causes great concern for those with children on this road. The proof of all this is the fact that that poor woman was hit by not one, but two drivers who were not paying attention and most likely driving too fast. In closing, there should be no debate over this, for the livelihood of this community, like all else, must be based on camaraderie and cooperation. There is too much illogical arguing and bickering in this community instead of care and compassion for one another, and this matter once again attests to this fact.
mike hunt September 22, 2012 at 12:41 PM
there is a 14 foot shoulder. you can park a vehical on the side of the road and still have enough room to pass. what do you want senior 10 more traffic lights and a 25 mile per hour speed limit. and for all you future joggers stay on the 14 foot shoulder side espicaly at night. the ability to react, see or hear for seniors is not there. the firts driver didnt even stop right away probably went to wawa and on his way back noticed all the emergancy vehicals where he had hit something. then decided to pull over. if that was anyone in their 20's or 30's they would have been cuffed and stuffed then and there not be sent home. this man left the scene for a good 5-10 minutes
mike hunt September 22, 2012 at 12:44 PM
tom barrett you need to live in a controlled comunity like the rest of the seniors if you think that the shoulder needs to be 30 feet not 14 and speed limit to be 35 not 45. sorry but the truth hurts
Stnksmom September 22, 2012 at 05:21 PM
I too live on West Bay and it is a death trap. The transportation department want my kids to walk down West Bay and up a side street to catch the bus, every year I have to fight them on this. They seemed to think that this street is fine! I agree lower the speed limit, I live directly across from the Nautilus light and night after night watch people speed and blatantly blow the red light. I got into a car accident pulling into my own driveway and was written a citation- I fought and won! I was told by the County Emgineers office that they would put a sign in front that says do not block driveway- that was a year ago and I am still waiting! All the politicians care about is getting elected not a damn one of them actual help the people of the communities! Lower our taxes too!
Tom Barrett September 24, 2012 at 01:00 AM
I fully agree with all your comments! I too have seen many cars run that light from both directions and complained to the authorities (both county and township) as well, with nothing done as the end result. There is no need to this road to be such a death trap, for with a few necessary changes, this negative situation can be changed to the positive for all.
Tom Barrett September 24, 2012 at 01:06 AM
Michael, I never made such a statement about the need for a wider shoulder on this road, so please do not misquote me. And, just for your edification - I am not a senior (yet), but will be some day, as will you. It will behoove you not to continually bash this age group and blame them for something that runs the entire age gamut. One more thing - if you are a parent, I would think you would join in on the task of trying to increase the safety of the children of Barnegat, including those who live on West Bay Avenue, instead of saying that all is well. The safety of the children is paramount, so why do you make such negative statements and blame the innocent in this matter.

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