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Pedestrian was in Crosswalk, Driver Issued Ticket

The investigation continues into a crash that seriously injured a pedestrian that was crossing Maple Street on Thursday morning.

The driver who struck a pedestrian that was crossing Route 62 on Thursday morning has been issued a traffic ticket.

Danvers police said on Thursday afternoon that Gailute Urbonaite-Narkeviciene, 44, of 281 Maple St. was issued a citation for failure to yield in a crosswalk, according to Danvers Police Capt. Patrick Ambrose.

Urbonaite-Narkeviciene was driving east on Route 62 in a Lexus sport utility vehicle at the time of the crash with a passenger in the vehicle. Neither of them were injured.

The crash happened at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday on a section of Maple Street that is also Route 62, near the intersection with Burley Avenue. The victim, whom police have yet to identify, was a 32-year-old Danvers woman who suffered life-threatening injuries.

She was taken from the crash by Lyons ambulance to Great Oak Elementary School, where a Boston MedFlight helicopter landed and took her to Massachusetts General Hospital. She was in serious condition with life-threatening injuries on Thursday afternoon.

The crash remains under investigation by the State Police, who are undertaking an “in-depth investigation” to determine the exact circumstances of the crash. Ambrose said.

“We’re looking into all possible circumstances,” Ambrose said, including the condition of the vehicle.

I Barry November 30, 2012 at 12:43 PM
I walk frequently in Danvers and often cross Rt. 62. Yes, a pedestrian in a cross walk has the right of way but it is still necessary for the safety of that pedestrian to make eye contact with the on coming drivers. Make sure they see you and are stopping in both directions before crossing the street. I am always pleasantly surprised at how quickly the drivers stop when I wait to cross a street.
Crystal Kittredge November 30, 2012 at 02:05 PM
..this is a very unfortunate situation for all parties involved. Again, we need to do something about this area - there are too many accidents that happen there!
Paula Reynolds November 30, 2012 at 02:16 PM
Absolutely agree. Make sure drivers see you. No one means to hit a pedestrian. I pray this woman is okay.
dawn November 30, 2012 at 02:54 PM
I agree all around...I'm sure the driver was scared and upset...I pray for the injured woman...and my heart goes out to all involved.
Guest November 30, 2012 at 06:26 PM
As I've posted on other versions of this story...distracted drivers and speeding will cause more accidents and injuries along this stretch of Maple Street from Pine St/Vineyard St/Beaver Park St intersections. In two years a 17 yo and now 32 yo have been mowed down along this stretch including a small dog earlier this summer. What's Danvers police excuse for not managing that section of road?
Guest November 30, 2012 at 06:29 PM
Speeding and distracted drivers who are on the phone or texting are the issue. No amount of pedestrian diligence or additional crossing guards will do much. The traffic flow is simply too fast. Danvers Police needs to put some teeth into violations for speeding. Giving Danvers residents the obligatory 10 mph over limit pass is no longer acceptable. This stretch of road is a public safety issue that needs the attention of Danvers police.
laura December 01, 2012 at 02:28 AM
Sun glare may have something to do with this accident . I am not sure where the driver was coming from but if he was heading East, it may have been part of the cause.
Guest December 01, 2012 at 02:31 AM
Then if the driver cannot safely operate the vehicle when there is sun glare, keep the car parked. There were probably 100 other drivers headed east that morning.;..it was peak rush hour and no one else ran over a pedestrian. Speed and distractions of phone and texting are likely the cause. We have a growing population of people who choose to not exercise care therefore the police ought to support that lack of care with tighter traffic violations issues.
DAS December 03, 2012 at 09:56 PM
First off, no one says "oh, it's sunny today..there MIGHT be a glare, so I should stay home". Really? Seriously. Secondly, you don't KNOW it was driver distraction, that's just your "likely" opinion. People are so quick to judge. Unless you were in the car with the person and know something we don't, you shouldn't villanize them. I'm sure the story will come out. Sometimes accidents just happen. Godforbid one should happen to you and you have to read online comments such as yours. There IS glare there. This is the second time someone was hit in that crosswalk. That should say something about the location of the crosswalk. I'm sure the driver is devestated as well. I wish they would update on the condition of the pedestrian so we could know if she was ok or not. I continue to wish her well
Guest December 03, 2012 at 10:16 PM
Well, I'm not "devastated"...just sympathetic with the woman who was mowed down and compassionate in recognizing the driver of the car is remorseful. However, when we get behind the wheel of a car, WE ARE RESPONSIBLE to operate the vehicle lawfully and within safe driving conditions - including sun glare. If not distraction and/or speeding, pray tell what would have prevented the driver from seeing the pedestrian in the middle of their lane of travel?
DAS December 04, 2012 at 12:18 AM
The glare is a possible suspect.
Guest December 04, 2012 at 02:57 AM
So pull over...don't plow straight ahead and risk running over a pedestiran. Look folks no about of excuses obviates your responsibility as an operator of a motor vehicle...
Janette Farrell December 05, 2012 at 01:24 PM
So, are you saying if you drive down that particular road, hands at 10 & 2, at 20 mph, with solar glare and hit a pedestrian you should lose your license and see moronic comments from someone just like you? Solar Glare: glare 1 [glair] Show IPA noun, verb, glared, glar·ing. noun 1. a very harsh, bright, dazzling light: in the glare of sunlight. 2. a fiercely or angrily piercing stare. 3. dazzling or showy appearance; showiness. you may be a "guest" on here, but you are the reason for warning labels on medications.
Tulips Moran December 05, 2012 at 02:27 PM
Note to Janette Farrell - so you think that when the sun is glaring in your eyes it's reasonable to continue plowing forward even if that means mowing down a pedestrian in a crosswalk? That's akin to saying the pedestrian and everyone else needs to yield to your right of way. Grow up, start thinking about what you've posted. Right of way is obviously a foreign concept for folks like you. Nonetheless it's a violation of law - one taken very seriously by judges.
Guest December 05, 2012 at 03:20 PM
J Farrell "So are you saying if you drive down that particular road, hands at 10 & 2, at 20 mph, with solar glare and hit a pedestrian you should lose your license and see moronic comments from someone just like you?" NO - what I'm saying is that if you cannot operate your vehicle safely - don't operate it. If the sun blinds your vision, pull over. TRANSLATION: If road conditions or sun glare prevent you from seeing a pedestrian in the crosswalk, YOU are responsible for the consequences of that flawed judgement. If a pedestrian dies as a result of injuries sustained after you mowed them down because the sun glare was in your eyes, the authorities would prosecute you for vehicular homicide. Glare may be a mitigating factor, but in no way removes any of your responsibility for the injuries or death of a pedestrian.

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