Traffic light was in 'back-up mode' when student was hit while crossing road in Irondequoit

November 07, 2017 05:49 PM

The West Irondequoit School District says an eighth grader was struck while crossing the road Tuesday morning.

The incident happened on Titus Avenue at Gardham Road. Police say the injuries are minor. The student was taken to Strong Hospital for evaluation.

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For some reason, Monroe County DOT said the lights at the intersection went into a back-up mode Monday night.

"I turned away for just a second and I heard a car screeching to a stop," neighbor Michelle Decaro said describing the accident.  "I came outside and I saw the young man lying in the street face down; it was terrible."

The eighth grader at Dake Junior High was hit by a car as he was crossing the street on his bike. At the time of the crash, the traffic signals were not on their usual schedule. They were flashing yellow for cars on Titus Avenue and red for cars on Gardham Road.

County DOT calls the switch an abnormality in the system but no one filed a complaint. The agency said it did not know about the change until after the accident. Crews came out to the scene Tuesday and got the lights back in their normal cycle.

Police said the boy's head slammed onto the car's windshield but he had a bike helmet. West Irondequoit Schools Superintendent Jeff Crane said that may have saved him. "That's a good thing," Crane added. "He's a strong young man who has some background in karate so I imagine that might have helped this morning."

Just last March another student, 14-year-old Michael Lynch was hit by a car just blocks from Tuesday's incident. He died two weeks later.

Crane said these cases are painful reminders of what steps should be taken to protect kids. "We all have to be aware especially before 7 to 9:00 a.m. and 2 to 4:00 p.m.," Crane said. "Our kids are out there and they are going to moving back and forth from school."


Brennan Somers

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