"It's the worst intersection in Stamford." Stamford police investigate latest pedestrian crash

Stamford police say from January 2023 to the present, there have been approximately 90 motor vehicle crashes involving pedestrians and bicyclists.

Mark Sudol

Mar 5, 2024, 10:09 PM

Updated 41 days ago

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Stamford police say an elderly woman who was hit by a vehicle is in critical but stable condition.
The crash happened at the intersection of Prospect Street and Forest Street.
Stamford police say at 6:30 p.m. Monday night, 79-year-old Mary Botan was in a crosswalk when she was hit by 25-year-old Tyler Zinko in his Toyota Prius.
"It's the worst intersection in Stamford. I want to say people get hit monthly here," said Valentina Parker, a worker at Tutti Pazzi restaurant.
Parker says she saw the crash and immediately called 911.
She says this intersection is too dangerous for pedestrians.
"This should just be a one-way turn to the other side because it's ridiculous," said Parker.
The intersection is right near Bedford Street, home to many Stamford restaurants. "It's in an area that attracts a lot of pedestrians," said Jen Godzeno, a professional transportation planner and member of Stamford's Vision Zero Task Force. Godzeno says the Task Force just had its monthly meeting Tuesday morning. "We heard from the transportation bureau this morning that because this is a high crash intersection and because the geometry is really tough that they already had slated to make some improvements to this intersection in the next few weeks," said Godzeno.
Stamford police say from January 2023 to the present, there have been approximately 90 motor vehicle crashes involving pedestrians and bicyclists.
Godzeno says at some intersections, the city needs to use barriers or planters to bump them out. To narrow them and slow people down.
"It would really make sense for the city to think about actually closing some of the streets," said Godzeno. Police say the victim suffered a serious head injury and was taken to Stamford Hospital. They say speed was not a factor.
Police say Zinko stayed at the scene and is cooperating with police.


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