Pedestrians Struck Crossing Black Rock Turnpike – 3/18/21

FAIRFIELD — On 3/18/21 at 1:10 PM Fairfield Police received several 911 calls about a group of pedestrians that were struck by a vehicle at the intersection of Black Rock Turnpike and Stillson Road.

Responding officers discovered that five pedestrians were attempting to cross Black Rock Turnpike at the intersection of Stillson Road. Four of the pedestrians (2 adult women along with a 12yo & 4yo) were struck in the crosswalk by a car turning left (north bound) onto Black Rock Turnpike from Stillson Road. The operator of the striking car stopped and remained on scene.

The four pedestrians suffered minor injuries and were transported to Bridgeport Hospital.  The fifth pedestrian, a 5yo, was pushed to safety by one of the adult women. All five pedestrians are related and reside in West Haven.

The female operator of the striking vehicle, a Danbury resident, was not injured.

The on scene investigation conducted by the Fairfield Police Department Crash Reconstruction Unit determined the actions of pedestrians and the driver were contributing factors in this crash. It was determined the operator of the striking car complied with all traffic control signals however, had mounted a GPS unit on left side of the front windshield, obstructing the view of the pedestrians. Additionally, the crosswalk on Black Rock Turnpike is a controlled crosswalk. Investigators determined the button and the light at the crosswalk were functioning properly, but were not used by the pedestrians.

The Fairfield Police Department reminds operators to ensure their windshields are clear from any obstructions to prevent incidents like this from happening. Pedestrians are also remind to be obey pedestrians crossing signals at intersections.