Chemistry grad student Nyssa Emerson was seriously injured
Wednesday night, when using a crosswalk to return to her lab
from the Frist Campus Center. The accident occurred at the
intersection of Ivy Lane and Washington Road, around 9:30PM.
It was raining lightly at the time.
According to the story in The Daily Princetonian, which was
able to talk to the victim, a car had stopped at the crosswalk.
However a second car came along in the other direction, did
not notice the pedestrian or the oncoming stopped car, and
a serious accident ensued.
In this sense, the accident had something in common with
the serious one which occurred last October, in daylight, also
on Washington Road, at the crossing of the D&R towpath: the
initial car stopped as required, the next car failed to stop.
Let us keep Ms. Emerson in our thoughts as she recovers
from her injuries.
"According to the NJ State Police 563 people were killed by motor vehicle
crashes in 2014, a 4% increase from 2013. But there were 170 people killed
by motor vehicles while walking in New Jersey, a 28% increase."
YouTube: IBM's "Flashing Zebra Crossing" in Rotterdam, NL.
As part of its "Smarter Planet" corporate initiative, IBM teamed
up with ad agency Ogilvy & Mather. They started asking children
for smart ideas. One idea was to make street crossings safer by
making the "zebra crossing" (crosswalk) light up when you walk
on it. Building such a "flashing zebra" crossing on a busy street
in Rotterdam "made people realize anything can happen if you
challenge the status quo".