The following data report contains the listing of accidents that Mayor Skibitsky claims occurred at the intersection of Central Ave. & Clover St. and at the intersection of Central Ave. & Cambridge Rd.
Four of the accidents listed on the data report did not happen at either intersection and are posted below with the date, time, and case number listed. All reports were obtained through the Open Public Records Act and are considered public documents.
The first data report listed was referenced by Mayor Skibitsky at a December town council meeting where the Mayor attempted to bolster his non-expert opinion that the HAWK Pedestrian Signal on Central Ave., is safer mid-block than at the corner of Clover St.
The report contains four accidents that did not occur at either intersection. In fact, two of the reported accidents happened no where near either intersection. One took place at Mountain Ave. & Orchard St. and another took place at Central Ave. & Clifton St.
Why did the Mayor include them in his data released at a meeting? Didn't the Mayor think to fact check his sources? Was this report supplied by Westfield Police Chief John M. Parizeau whom Mayor Skibitsky relied so heavily on to provide him with a report illustrating the effectiveness of the HAWK pedestrian crossing? That report was nothing more than a "copy and paste" job that a fifth grader doing a research project could have compiled. It still never answered whether or not the current location mid-block is safer than an intersection crossing. A 2009 report authored by the HAWK light inventor, Dr. Richard Nasi, states that an intersection crossing is safer than a mid-block crossing.
Did Mayor Skibitsky provide this inaccurate data to the Union County Freeholders and members of his own Town Council in an attempt to manipulate their decision into supporting the Mayor's decision to construct a mid-block crossing instead of following the direction of the experts that had recommended the intersection of Central & Clover for the pedestrian crossing.
2-9-2011 1553 hrs. Case #11-3157
Driveway 110 Cambridge Rd
8-13-2010 0818 hrs. Case #10-18952
Central Ave. & Clifton St.
11-21-2009 1757 hrs. Case #09-28807
Driveway 125 Cambridge Rd.
1-24-2003 1529 hrs. Case #03-1584
Mountain Ave. & Orchard St.