Study Looks At Pedestrian Deaths In Fairfield County, Finds Four In Norwalk

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A new study looks into pedestrian deaths in Connecticut and Fairfield County.
A new study looks into pedestrian deaths in Connecticut and Fairfield County. Photo Credit: File

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- Route 1 was the most dangerous road for pedestrians in Connecticut from 2010-12 in a time that saw 24 pedestrian deaths in Fairfield County, according to a new study conducted by the Tri-State Transportation Campaign.

A total of 111 pedestrian deaths occurred statewide during that time period. Route 1 and Route 44, which runs through northwestern Connecticut and into Hartford, were found to have the highest number of deaths in that time span.

The study does not include pedestrians who were hit by cars and survived the accidents.

The report also includes an interactive map that provides the location of each pedestrian death over that time period.

Fairfield County saw a yearly decrease in pedestrian deaths over the study period as safety awareness grew and crosswalks were improved, Tri-State Transportation Campaign said.

The pedestrian deaths over that time span include the following:

Norwalk

  • A 17-year-old boy killed on Route 7 on June 29, 2010
  • A 21-year-old man killed on Route 7 on Dec. 23, 2011
  • A 55-year-old woman killed on Route 1 on Feb. 5, 2012
  • A 44-year-old man killed on Route 123 on March 23, 2012

Greenwich

  • A 65-year-old woman killed on Route 1 on Sept. 3, 2010
  • A 37-year-old man killed on Route 95 on Dec. 20, 2012

Danbury

  • A 4-year-old boy killed on Stevens Street on July 29, 2010 
  • A 19-year-old man killed on White Street on Nov. 22, 2011

Westport

  • A 93-year-old man killed on Route 1 on Dec. 11, 2010
  • A 62-year-old woman killed on Route 1 on Dec. 21, 2010

Fairfield

  • A 88-year-old man killed on Carlton Street on Jan. 29, 2010

New Canaan

  • A 82-year-old man killed on Route 124 on Aug. 18, 2010

Darien

  • A 19-year-old man killed on Route 95 on Oct. 16, 2010

Easton

  • A 18-year-old man killed on Route 59 on Jan. 18, 2011

In addition to the Fairfield County towns that Daily Voice covers, there were six pedestrian deaths in Bridgeport, one in Stratford and one in Newtown.

New Haven County had the most pedestrian deaths over the study period with 30, followed by Hartford County with 29.

Pedestrians as well as motorists must follow safety rules in place to avoid such accidents, State Department of Transportation spokesman Kevin Nursick has said. 

"There are rules and laws in place that everyone knows, or should know, when using that infrastructure, and when people don't abide by the rules, accidents happen and tragically, people get hurt or killed," he said.

"More often than not, the cooperation of motorists and pedestrians would have prevented these types of accidents." 

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I'm uncertain who the "Tri-State Transportation Campaign" is (the article fails to make any mention. Sigh.) Nonetheless, this type of study falls short if it addresses only pedestrian deaths without addressing pedestrian injuries. It is my own belief that pedestrians are treated like 2nd class citizens in most suburban cities and towns, with Fairfield County no different.

Sure, DOT blames the pedestrians. Take a look at how many areas of Rt 1 have no sidewalks! Norwalk, at least, is very lacking especially on Rt 1. We just don't have pedestrian friendly roads.

WOW !!! An 88 year Old Killed----4 years ago ---------Not Bad for a city of 60,000 people --and did his actions(or lack there of) cause the Incident
Have a great Day and DRIVE SAFE !!