Entitled pedestrians & bikers

Same show in Hoboken with different characters

Here’s our latest installment of the new {almost real} Hoboken Police Blotter. Proving that it doesn’t matter if it’s really true – as similar instances may have already happened, or eventually will.

almost real Hoboken Police Blotter pedestrian and bicycle jerks

(Note: all names and events are fictional – and for the sake of parody.)

Today’s blotter is a guest submission from Hoboken Joe. Thanks for the contribution! Pretty much sounds REAL to me!

Pedestrian Struck by Bus

On Thursday, May 20, 2016 at 7:15 a.m., pedestrian Rebecca Strong was struck by NJ Transit Bus 126 in the crosswalk of Clinton Street at the 9th Street intersection. The mother of two was returning from dropping her children off at school when she was struck on her left side by the bus.

According to bus driver Randal Merriam, he was driving through the intersection to stop at the NJ Transit bus stop on Clinton Street between 9th and 10th streets, when the accident occurred. “I had already started driving through the intersection when the pedestrian darted out. I think she saw me but I just couldn’t stop in time.”

34-year old Strong was thrown to the ground and suffered a separated shoulder, as well as cuts and bruises. When asked about the accident, Strong stated “I saw the bus coming, but I didn’t think he was going to hit me, because cars are supposed to stop.” Several bus passengers reported being shaken-up in the incident. One onlooker noted that the pedestrian appeared to be looking down at her smart phone as she walked through the intersection.

The accident is under investigation by the Hoboken Police Department and NJ Transit. Driver Merriam is suspended until the investigation is complete, per NJ Transit policy. Officer Hernandez of the Hoboken Police Department stated that illegally parked cars may have contributed to the collision by blocking the driver’s view of the cross-walk. Hernandez cautioned “although pedestrians have the right of way in crosswalks, always be careful of oncoming traffic which may not be able to see you in time to stop.”

The doctors at Hoboken University Medical Center expect that Strong will have a speedy recovery.

Bike Fracas on Sinatra Drive

A 35-year old man was arrested on Sunday, May 15 following a dispute over biking on the sidewalk of Sinatra Drive. According to onlookers, the man who was arrested pushed 48-year old Richard Fricke off of his bicycle. Fricke, who was carrying a guitar at the time, suffered bruises on his arms and head. He remained on scene to speak to reporters.

“I was riding my bike on the sidewalk to go play guitar at House of Que. Then, out of nowhere, this guy started yelling at me for riding my bike, and pushed me off of my bike.” Two officers from the Hoboken Police Department witnessed the alleged assault, and arrested the assailant. Officer Kleila of the Hoboken Police Department stated “we witnessed Mr. Fricke ride his bike through a crowd of people on the sidewalk. Then, he was pushed off of his bike by one of those people.” When asked whether riding a bike on the sidewalk is illegal, officer Kleila responded: “I don’t know. Everybody does it.” The Police did not issue Fricke any citations.

Fricke refused medical attention, but was not able to play guitar at the local restaurant. When asked why he was riding his bike on the sidewalk, instead of the street, Fricke stated “Because there’s cars in the street.”

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Friday, May 20, 2016 12:23 pm

The bus driver is lying to save his job – the line of site up Clinton street is well over 100 feet. He should have seen the pedestrian long before the point of impact and he should have been slowing as he approached the intersection because of the bus stop on the right side. Additionally, from his vantage point (higher up in the driver’s seat) he could have seen over most parked cars. If his vision was obstructed by “illegally” parked cars blocked the driver’s view of the intersection, the driver of the bus should have proceeded with even more caution because he DID NOT know if it was safe to proceed through the intersection. Based on the statements of this bus driver he should have been issued a ticket for failing to yield. The fact that he was approaching a bus stop means he should have been decelerating and should have been on the look out for pedestrians running to make the bus. This guy loses at trial 8 out of 10 times.

Officer Hernandez should also caution drivers not to be so arrogant and should ticket every car that fails to yield to yield to pedestrians. Driving is a privilege not a right.

The biker is just a tool, but riding a bike on the sidewalk is not illegal. Riding a bicycle on a sidewalk is not prohibited by statute – the guy rode on the sidewalk because the NJ drivers are terrible.

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