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Pedestrian Accidents Raise Concerns in Waynesboro

Waynesboro council members are looking for additional ways to keep their roads safe for pedestrians after a 47-year-old man was hit and killed by a car Saturday while trying to cross the street.

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Waynesboro council members are looking for additional ways to keep their roads safe for pedestrians after a 47-year-old man was hit and killed by a car Saturday while trying to cross the street.

Residents say they feel unsafe crossing the street because pedestrian accidents keep happening in the Borough.

Waynesboro resident Heather Reed knew the man who died last weekend.

"His nickname was Fritz. Richard, he passed away leaving the bar and someone hit him,” said Reed. “It makes me feel really scared to walk the streets around here. It does."

Waynesboro Police say pedestrian accidents are an issue in the Borough.

"We have a higher rate of pedestrian collisions in Waynesboro Borough than 50 percent of the balance of municipalities in the Commonwealth," said Waynesboro Chief of Police James Sourbier.

Since 2008, council members have improved crosswalks and signs, making them more visible and high-tech.

But these measures have not made a consistent impact over the years.

From 2009 to 2011, the number of pedestrian accidents decreased from 11 to four. Last year however, there were seven pedestrian accidents, including a fatality.

"I also had a friend Kristy Lee Queen who passed away a couple months back right around this area,” said Reed. “She was only 21. She had a little son. He was very cute, and now he's without a mother."

Council members say they are still looking for new ways to make their roads safer.

"We’ve been in the negotiations, talking to PennDOT about possibly establishing a 25 mile speed limit borough-wide," said Waynesboro Council President Wayne Driscoll.

Despite added safety measures, authorities say caution is the best option for both drivers and pedestrians.

"If there is every any question or any doubt, always stop,” said Sourbier. “Cross only at crosswalks after assuring that traffic is clear.”

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