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Teen Pedestrian Hospitalized After Wynnewood Road Accident

Officials say she was crossing the street about 5:40 p.m. Thursday.

(UPDATED Monday, Dec. 17: The victim remains hospitalized with head injuries and a broken pelvis, according to Lower Merion Township spokesman Tom Walsh.)

Friday, Dec. 14: A 16-year-old girl was struck by a car while crossing Wynnewood Road on foot Thursday evening, and she remained hospitalized as of Friday afternoon, Lower Merion Township spokesman Tom Walsh said.

The accident happened about 5:40 p.m. at the intersection of East Wynnewood Road and North Wynnewood Avenue. The unidentified girl, clad in dark clothing, had just walked from the Narberth side of the tunnel under the Amtrak-SEPTA railroad tracks, and she was crossing to the Wynnewood side of East Wynnewood Road, Walsh said.

An eastbound vehicle driven by an unidentified Philadelphia resident struck the girl, who suffered head and torso trauma and was taken by Narberth Ambulance to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Walsh said. She was most recently listed in stable condition.

Police continue to investigate the accident. There has been no indication the driver was speeding or had consumed drugs or alcohol. The driver stopped and tried to help the victim, Walsh said.

Merion Station resident and Narberth attorney Pam Loughman posted a petition at Change.org for a traffic signal to be installed at the intersection, where the borough of Narberth and Lower Merion's Wynnewood section meet.

On the petition, Loughman writes: "Installing a traffic light and pedestrian crossing at this intersection is a matter of public safety."

At several Narberth Borough Council meetings this year, residents have pressed for a traffic signal to be installed at the intersection.

Borough officials have contemplated that prospect as repairs and reconstruction of the Narberth Avenue bridge loom over the next several years. Lower Merion Commissioner Brian Gordon attended a borough meeting in the fall to discuss traffic issues at that intersection.

It is not clear whether one municipality or both would need to be involved in construction, nor to what extent either is prepared to pursue such a project.

What do you think? Should a traffic signal be installed at Wynnewood and Wynnewood? Is there a way to improve traffic and pedestrian safety without one? Tell us in the comments section below.

Mr. Wynnewood December 14, 2012 at 08:19 PM
This intersection is a nightmare for pedestrians. There is simply NO way to cross the street (Wynnewood Rd) if you're walking to the Wynnewood Shopping Ctr. You can't even walk on the sidewalk because THERE IS NO SIDEWALK on the Narberth side of Wynnewood Road. Narberth has done a much better job of making life safe for pedestrians. Lower Merion - not so much!!!
Elizabeth T. Brown December 14, 2012 at 08:20 PM
The intersection has always been dangerous. With the Narberth Bridge out, more traffic is being forced onto North Wynnewood Avenue, making it all the more difficult to make the turn from North Wynnewood onto Wynnewood Road. My understanding is that public officials have been asking for a traffic light at the intersection since at least the days of Lita Cohen. What I don't know is who is responsible for deciding whether a traffic light should be installed and why that public body has denied previous requests for a traffic light. The repaving and redrawing of the lanes on Wynnewood Road has done little, if anything to improve the situation. While it might make it easier to make the right onto North Wynnewood from Wynnewood Road, it does NOTHING to aid drivers who are trying to make a left onto Wynnewood Road from North Wynnewood. Last night, I drove by the accident scene shortly after the first emergency personnel arrived. I saw someone assisting a woman who was lying on the floor. I sincerely hope that her injuries were not life-threatening. The lighting around the intersection is quite poor. While I strongly believe that a traffic light is warranted, more lighting by the Narberth Tunnel would be beneficial.
Richard Weisgrau December 14, 2012 at 09:19 PM
I certainly agree that a traffic light with pedestrian crossing controls is sorely needed at the intersection. During my 35 years of living in the neighborhood I have seen a lot of evidence to support that, regardless of the Narberth Ave. bridge situation. However, unless a careful traffic engineering study is done and a plan made for coordinating that new light with the light at Bowman Avenue and the light at at Penn Road is done, a new traffic light could simply make accessing Wynnewood Road from Windsor an Haverford Aves. a worse nightmare than it is already during rush hour. I think the light at Williams and Wynnewood in LM ought to go, and the Penn Road and Bowman Ave. lights ought to be timed to allow a better flow of traffic at N. & E. Wynnewood Roads. If that were done the light at Williams Road would seen unnecessary.
michael December 15, 2012 at 12:42 PM
The problem is not the intersections or the lighting or the pedestrians - its the idiots who drive thru Lower Merion over the posted speed limits and talking and texting on thier cell phones. I dare anyone to watch how people speed down any given street in this area and tell me they are not speeding - Montgomery, Lancaster, Wynnewood, Greenfield, and any other. Lower Merion Chief of Police doesnt seem to care, I was told there isnt much they can do, yeah, they can. Idiots in this down need to slow down and try to remember that they are not the center of the universe. Watch the cars blow past stopped school busses, watch them speed past the Township building and even blow thru the red light there. - Yeah I am ranting, and when someone gets killed by a speeder or some smuck on thier cell phone and everyone is saying how sad it is - remember no one did anything to prevent it.
Barbara HInkle December 15, 2012 at 01:35 PM
There needs to be a light installed. It is almost impossible to make a left hand turn onto E. Wynnewood Road from West Wynnewood Road. You have to hope for the best and gun your motor. Too many turns in the road. Seen so many almost accidents as I drive that road twice a day.
Douglas Martindale December 15, 2012 at 02:08 PM
This is terrible to hear and I wish her a speedy recovery. As a Wynnewood resident with two children, I can attest that this area, all through the wynnewood shopping center, and to Lancaster are are horrendous and "anti-walking". It's so frustrating to live just a few blocks away from the parks and shopping, but to feel it necessary to drive. Pedestrian lights would help, but there needs to be a comprehensive plan of sidewalks as well.
Mary-Fran Connelly December 15, 2012 at 06:32 PM
That light at Williams is the only thing allowing residents to make a left onto Wynnewood Rd. Let's face it. Our area is like the city now. We're going to have to put up with more lights. You are 100% correct that a careful study needs to be done, so that the lights are timed.
Mary-Fran Connelly December 15, 2012 at 06:33 PM
Excellent point. Have police hand out tickets this should slow down the selfish.
art fulley December 15, 2012 at 08:08 PM
It is so sad that somebody had to be hurt before any action was taken. That there should be a pedestrian crossing here is a no-brainer. Art
Barbara HInkle December 15, 2012 at 09:26 PM
nothing short of installing a traffic light is going to work. Pedestrian crossings aren't going to help the safety of the people trying to cross the street or the cars desparately trying to make a left.
J. S. December 18, 2012 at 03:46 AM
I am sorry to hear that the young girl is injured. My first thought though is why aren't there any sidewalks on the Narberth side of the street? Then people could walk to the light at Williams & Wynnewood to cross at the light. I will play the devils advocate here, but to be honest, many people don't cross at the light anyhow. They play chicken and cross wherever they are even if there is a light 20 yards away. I see it all too often on Lancaster Ave. and Roosevelt Blvd. I think a light there would end up really backing up traffic under the bridge and even onto Haverford Rd. If they would create a sidewalk, then maybe people would use that.
Jim Speer December 18, 2012 at 04:26 AM
A sidewalk along that side of the street would help, but there would still need to be a safe way for people to cross Wynnewood AVE to get there.
Jim Speer December 18, 2012 at 04:36 AM
A light is needed at this intersection for several reasons. The prime one being for pedestrian safety, of course. I have [foolishly maybe] risked my own limb to cross there many times. It's massively dangerous, both ways across Wynnewood Rd, but particularly crossing from the township side to the borough corner, because one can't see traffic coming from either direction on Wynnewood Rd, and it moves very fast. The other main reason is that driving out of that tunnel to turn left onto Wynnewood Rd is the main way to get from north Narberth to South Narberth at the moment, while the bridge is out, and it will be for a long time while the bridge is being reconstructed in 2014-15. Instead of paying to repair the bridge, I would have vastly preferred for Narberth to spend the same amount on other points of entrance and exit from the borough including the Wynnewood/Wynnewood intersection.

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