Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Motorist Charged for Striking Pedestrian in Marked Crosswalk

On May 18, 2013, at approximately 6:15 p.m. Ocean City Police responded to the area of 28th Street and Philadelphia Avenue, in reference to a pedestrian that was struck by a vehicle.

Officers and Ocean City EMS personnel arrived at the scene and determined that a 25-year-old pedestrian, whose name is not being released, was walking with the pedestrian signal on Philadelphia Avenue at 28th Street from east to west when she was struck by a vehicle turning onto northbound Philadelphia Avenue from Robin Drive.  The investigation determined the driver at the intersection failed to yield the right of way to the pedestrian and struck her while she was in the crosswalk.

The pedestrian was transported to PRMC by OCEMS with non-life threatening injuries.  The driver, identified as Tess Ann Marianetti, 21, of Bel Air, MD, was cited for failing to yield to pedestrian in crosswalk.  Alcohol was not a factor in the crash.

Ocean City Police urge citizens to use extra caution while crossing streets, as well as advise drivers to be alert of pedestrians on the road.

For individuals who are traveling on foot, on a bicycle, moped or scooter, here are some important safety tips to remember:

  • Cross the street at a marked crosswalk or intersection.
  • Make eye contact with drivers when crossing busy intersections
  • Continue to watch for traffic the entire time you are in the crosswalk.
  • It is illegal to wear headphones in both ears at the same time while operating any vehicle.

  • Vehicle operators should to be extremely vigilant while driving, keeping consistently aware of pedestrians, bicycles, mopeds and scooters.

  • Avoid making quick, un-signaled turns or abrupt stops. If you can’t make the turn safely, proceed past the turn and turn around when safe.
  • Allow plenty of time to stop or proceed through intersections.
  • Pedestrians should only use crosswalks and not take unnecessary risks crossing busy streets against traffic lights.
  • Parents are reminded to pay extra attention to children when crossing busy roads. Keep hold of small children’s hands while waiting for traffic lights to change and while crossing.

  • The Ocean City Police Department reminds visitors to
     Walk Smart: Drive with Care, Walk with Caution.

    Ocean City Police Department

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