This morning, shortly after 7 am., what appears to be a three car motor vehicle accident took place at the intersection of Westfield Ave. and Park St./Dorian Rd.
A source close to the investigation, but not authorized to speak on behalf of the Westfield Police Department, told TFoTM that a vehicle travelling south on Westfield Ave. struck another vehicle attempting to make a left turn from Westfield Ave. on to Dorian Rd. The collision caused a third vehicle, stopped at the STOP sign on Dorian Rd., to be struck in the aftermath of the initial collision.
This intersection is manned by a civilian crossing guard assigned to the duties of crossing students on their way to and from Westfield High School.
TFoTM has alerted Westfield Town Council members and the Westfield Police Department of the ongoing issue of the civilian crossing guard standing in the roadway and directing traffic at this very busy and heavily traversed intersection, long after students have crossed. On numerous occasions the crossing guard will turn his back, walk to the corner while still illegally waving vehicles through the STOP signs. That maneuver is an accident waiting to happen. (SEE VIDEO BELOW)
TFoTM has chronicled, in the past, here at The Fact of The Matter, how the crossing guard will illegally wave motor vehicles through the STOP signs that control traffic heading west on Park St., and also in the opposite direction, east from Dorian Rd., across Westfield Ave. Read related story at the following internet link:
On numerous occasions, the crossing guard can be seen directing this illegal maneuver long after he has crossed pedestrians in an attempt to facilitate traffic that backs up in and around the intersection.
Numerous phone calls to Westfield Police Department Traffic Safety Officer Sgt. Jason McErlean, regarding this issue, have gone unanswered.
The Westfield Town Council, including Mayor Skibitsky, has been forewarned of an impending disaster at this location. Obviously nothings been done to thwart the problem.
Today the "chickens came home to roost.
............and where is the Mobile Command Center...........still in HOBOKEN tending to the needs of that city's Super Bowl festivities.
Hmm, should the need arise in Westfield for the Mobile Command Center to respond, is it ready and available? Don't call WPD......call Hoboken.
**The following video was obtained by TFoTM. In this video the crossing guard at Westfield Ave & Dorian Rd/Park St. can be seen illegally waving motor vehicles through the STOP signs controlling Dorian Rd. and Park St.
Take notice that there are no students in the area/crossing. Westfield Town Administrator Jim Gildea and Mayor Skibitsky attempted to deflect from the issue by accusing the person shooting the video of filming children and interfering with the duties of a crossing guard. Deflection at its best.