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.

jen m. February 03, 2013 at 02:58 AM
It's Rt. 413, Rt. 13 doesn't meet with New Falls Rd. What is a 12 yo doing walking that area?!
t22 February 03, 2013 at 03:26 AM
Please parents drive your kids. Them roads are very dangerous! God bless them.
Kimberly Sterling-Findlay February 03, 2013 at 05:51 AM
No 12 year old should be crossing new falls.. hope they are ok...
Susan Gibbons February 03, 2013 at 01:46 PM
I will also suggest the kid was dressed in dark clothes....probably wearing a hood. I have seen kids/adults walking at night and they really make it dangerous for themselves and the drivers who often cannot see them.
Earle Leo Nelson Jr. February 03, 2013 at 03:04 PM
Directly from Penndot.com website § 3501. Applicability of traffic laws to pedalcycles. (a) General rule.--Every person riding a pedalcycle upon a roadway shall be granted all of the rights and shall be subject to all of the duties applicable to the driver of a vehicle by this title, except as to special provisions in this subchapter and except as to those provisions of this title which by their nature can have no application. http://www.dmv.state.pa.us/pdotforms/vehicle_code/chapter35.pdf
Earle Leo Nelson Jr. February 03, 2013 at 03:09 PM
§ 3510. Pedalcycle helmets for certain persons. (a) General rule.--A person under 12 years of age shall not operate a pedalcycle or ride as a passenger on a pedalcycle unless the person is wearing a pedalcycle helmet meeting the standards of the American National Standards Institute, the American Society for Testing and Materials, the Snell Memorial Foundation's Standards for Protective Headgear for Use in Bicycling or any other nationally recognized standard for pedalcycle helmet approval. This subsection shall also apply to a person who rides: (1) upon a pedalcycle while in a restraining seat attached to a pedalcycle; or (2) in a trailer towed by a pedalcycle.
Earle Leo Nelson Jr. February 03, 2013 at 03:25 PM
Cross References. Section 3543 is referred to in section 3542 of this title. § 3544. Pedestrians walking along or on highway. (a) Mandatory use of available sidewalk.--Where a sidewalk is provided and its use is practicable, it is unlawful for any pedestrian to walk along and upon an adjacent roadway. (b) Absence of sidewalk.--Where a sidewalk is not available, any pedestrian walking along and upon a highway shall walk only on a shoulder as far as practicable from the edge of the roadway. (c) Absence of sidewalk and shoulder.--Where neither a sidewalk nor a shoulder is available, any pedestrian walking along and upon a highway shall walk as near as practicable to an outside edge of the roadway and, if on a two-way roadway, shall walk only on the left side of the roadway. (d) Right-of-way to vehicles.--Except as otherwise provided in this subchapter, any pedestrian upon a roadway shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the roadway. Which does not mean you can run people over at any time.
Earle Leo Nelson Jr. February 03, 2013 at 03:25 PM
Its common sense to avoid pedestrians.
Sharon Rearick February 03, 2013 at 03:39 PM
Thank you Earle. Please if you haven't already share and sign the petition for SIDEWALKS ON NEW FALLS ROAD ON CHANGE.ORG Thank you to the driver who stayed at the site of the accident, it does make a difference to the family. Mt thought and prayers go out to the family of the injuried boy. PLEASE JOIN THE MOVEMENT TO GET SIDEWALKS FOR NEW FALLS ROAD, my facebook is sharon soliwoda rearick.
Sharon Rearick February 03, 2013 at 03:50 PM
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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