Teen Struck by Car on New Falls Road

A 12-year-old is recovering at the hospital after being struck by a Nissan in the 4300 block of New Falls Road Saturday night.

A 12-year-old boy was struck by a car near the intersection of New Falls Road and Veterans Highway (Route 413) in Bristol Township at around 7 p.m. Saturday.

The Langhorne teen was trying to cross from New Falls Road from Middletown across to Bristol Township. He was struck as he tried to maneuver between two vehicles in the 4300 block of New Falls Road, Bristol Township Sgt. Sean Cosgrove said.

The 12-year-old was taken to St. Mary Medical Center in Middletown and is being treated for non-life-threatening injuries, the sergeant said.

A 53-year-old Trevose woman driving a 2009 Nissan Murano struck the 12-year-old and waited at the scene, Cosgrove said. No charges will be filed against the driver.

The accident caused little significant delays along the road.

JT February 03, 2013 at 04:11 PM
Sharon Rearick February 03, 2013 at 04:38 PM
The tragic death of their son John Rearick motivated the Rearick family to raise public awareness as to the SIGNIFICANT SAFETY HAZARDS that exist along the New Falls Road corridor and to increase safety measures for pedestrians and bicyclists along same. Their efforts have lead to the petition on Change.Org Sidewalks for New Falls Road whose purpose is to have sidewalks installed the entire length of New Falls Road where currently none exist.
Sharon Rearick February 03, 2013 at 04:38 PM
John Rearick's parents, Sharon and Jim, and his sister, Shana attended a meeting at the Redevelopment building in Bristol Township on January 17th. In attendance were representatives from Senator Tomlinson's office, State Representative Tina Davis' office, Middletown Township and Bristol Township officials as well as a spokesperson for PennDOT. The purpose of this meeting was to create new ideas as to possible remedies as well as advance previously discussed ideas. Several temporary remedies were discussed. The most discussed safety option was in fact the possibility of and the requirements necessary to have sidewalks installed along New Falls Road. According to the PennDOT representative, the first step in this process was to determine the amount of land alongside the roadway that belonged to PennDOT as opposed to the Townships or their residents. It was stated that once PennDOT had determined their legal boundary, it would be easy for PennDOT to determine if there was any encroachment by the residents. If so, letters would be sent by PennDOT indicating such and placing a time period in which the encroachment had to be removed. If in fact the encroachment was not rectified within the specified time period, then PennDOT would take the necessary steps to remove whatever items or structures remained on their property.
Sharon Rearick February 03, 2013 at 04:39 PM
As far as brush and trees including small and mature, the Township offered to remove all that was necessary as indicated by the engineering requirements for the installation of sidewalks. The foregoing steps are necessary for the preparation and eventual installation of sidewalks. The largest hurdle, of course, was the finances necessary to engineer and install the sidewalks which would include in some areas retaining walls, ADA compliance access points, possible road markings and possibly even curbs. There was an estimate to engineer and install a portion of the sidewalks, not running the full length of New Falls Road that came in at $175,000.00. There was further discussion about additional costs for engineering the ADA required access points to the sidewalks and curbs. No dollar amount was given. The Townships have agreed to remove the brush and trees as required by the engineers at no charge. There was also discussion about a possible memorial for all of the individuals who lost their lives on or along New Falls Road. Again, there was no discussion as to cost.
Sharon Rearick February 03, 2013 at 04:40 PM
So at this point, it would appear that the bottom line cost to consider starting the project is $175,000.00 and it will potentially rise rapidly depending on several factors that have yet to be determined. It was suggested by a Bristol Township Official that Township fundraisers could generate significant funds that could be applied toward these costs. It was also suggested that the Township itself might help promote these fundraisers and other activities that would support this worthy endeavor. As we receive more specifics, we will continue to update you on the progress of the Rearick family and SidewalksForNewFallsRoadchange.org. It is important to note that an online petition supporting this cause was begun by Sharon Rearick and to date over 3,000 signatures have been obtained. Thank you for your interest and concern. This is a worthy cause that can and WILL SAVE LIVES. No other family should suffer a loss as great as the Rearick family is currently facing.


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