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UPDATE: Collegeville Girl Struck in Downtown Skippack

A 16-year-old Collegeville girl was struck after stepping into the road, according to police.

Nov. 4 Update:

A 16-year-old Collegeville girl was hospitalized after being struck by a vehicle on Skippack Pike and Route 113 on Nov. 2 at 4 p.m., according to a report from the Pennsylvania State Police

The report states that the girl, who was walking west on the sidewalk on Rt. 113 at Skippack Pike, stepped into the road for an unknown reason, directly infront of a Toyota Corolla driven by Joseph Carella of Telford.

The girl was then transported to Pennsylvania Hospital for further evaluation, according to the police.

There is no indication that this is an ongoing investigation.

Original Story Follows:

A pedestrian was struck in downtown Skippack at 3:50 p.m. on Friday, according to the Montgomery County Department of Public Safety.

The victim suffered injuries, and a helicopter was requested on the scene.

The vehicle remained on the scene after the incident.

Traffic is impacted by this accident; seek an alternate route.

More information will be published as it becomes available.

Roy Martin November 02, 2012 at 09:13 PM
I passed the scene. I hope the young girl is OK!
Kim Bernstiel November 03, 2012 at 02:29 AM
Please! Everyone be careful when driving thru the village. Treat it like the main st of a busy town. Slow down! Yes, it is Rt 73 but when you get here you have to drive slower because people are shopping, kids are going to friends houses and others to the restaurants! I live here and I have to remind myself to slow down and be careful everytime.
Nick Matregrano November 03, 2012 at 01:59 PM
Did this happen at a Crosswalk??? I know in Schwenksville 99% of the traffic absolutely ignore the crosswalks, I guess because they do not know the law. I often see people waiting for long periods of time at crosswalks because the traffic will not stop. We have one right in front of our fire station, I once saw a close call with a person and a dog. The State Police should start a campaign to educate the public on the do's and don'ts of crosswalks.
John Scioli November 03, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Those crosswalks are there because of me . The mayor asked what I thought would improve the town . I suggested a more pedestrian friendly . This info brought to you by your friendly neighborhood barber
Green Wolf's Village Barn Shoppes November 03, 2012 at 04:53 PM
It is the experience of the Merchants of Skippack that the current speed limit of 35mph is far too high and, in fact, encourages motorists to speed through our neighborhood at rates of 40-50mph, routinely. These rapid speeds are a real danger to pedestrians in the village and make crossing the street impossible. It is our opinion that the legal speed limit should be reduced to 25mph in order to help safeguard our patrons, children and others. We, the Merchants of Skippack Association, petition the Skippack Township and PENNDOT to reduce the speed limit in the village on Route 73 (between Route 113 and Voit Drive) from from 35 to at least 25 mph. Drivers typically speed through the populated business district which includes tourist, local residents, senior citizens, handicapped and disabled individuals, and children of all ages who are trying to cross Route 73. This reduction in the speed limit to 25 mph will provide the safety to all those who visit Skippack Village. Please help keep our beloved village safe from future accidents from occurring by show your support and sign our petition at http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/reduce-speed-limit-in-skippack-village.html#sign
John Scioli November 03, 2012 at 05:56 PM
Bravo. Thank you Green Wolf . There needs to be more involvement from businesses.
Camy Quinn November 04, 2012 at 04:45 PM
I just signed the petition. Do you mind if I post it on Facebook? I am so concerned for this young girl. I agree 100% that the speed limit needs to be reduced. There also needs to be more awareness for pedestrians crossing the street - blinking lights maybe? They have blinking lights in some locations where the trail crosses roads - why not on 73?
Green Wolf's Village Barn Shoppes November 04, 2012 at 04:57 PM
John, Good morning and thank you for your comment. As residents of Skippack Village ourselves, we are very passionate about our hometown and all those who visit it.
Green Wolf's Village Barn Shoppes November 04, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Camy, Good afternoon. Thank you for your support and we welcome all those who wish to share our petition with other to spread the word. The more support we can get the better. We hope that this petition brings attention to local and state authorities the seriousness of this safety issue.
Skippack resident November 05, 2012 at 03:59 AM
I signed the petition as well. While reducing the speed limit is a good start, I don't think it will change much until the state police start actually spending more time in Skippack. Increased patrols in Skippack would help reduce speeding, actually make cars stop for people in crosswalks (a state wide law) and keep those idiot teenagers from damaging our parks. I pray this girl recovers without a hitch.
linda wilde November 05, 2012 at 02:40 PM
John, Will you please call the mayor and tell him that we need crosswalks at Main & Perkiomen, Main and Maple, Main and Centennial, and the long obliterated one at Main/Game Farm Road. I believe the ones you are referring to have been done were already on the plans with the new streetscaping/line painting fiasco. However, if you have that much pull with the mayor and council, I would appreciate you calling him. They haven't heard me for years. They even ignored doing the crosswalk at the elementary school this year. They have been talking making the boro a more pedestrian friendly town for years and then I bring forth these issues and receive no response. Please make that call and let me know what response you get? Also, the sidewalks are awful in many places. The development area sidewalk has been missing flagstones for years, and other sections are bad, but they won't fix them because "someday" they will develop that area. They moved the traffic within inches of the sidewalk and still ignore the safety issues they caused and yet still no enforcement either........Talk soon, I hope.
Joseph Whiteman November 05, 2012 at 03:09 PM
Thank you for your prayers. Emily is a very lucky girl. She was released from the hospital with minor cuts and lacerations.
linda wilde November 05, 2012 at 09:03 PM
Nick, You're so right, most people will not even stop at the hash mark at most any stop sign or Red light before even entering the crosswalk; and it is the law. Twice in the last week I crossed legally from the liquor store to Perkiomen Avenue, I push button to cross and go to the curb and the person that I THINK just saw me cross in front of them, makes a right turn on red. It would have been obvious that I was attempting to cross the nonexistent crosswalk at Perkiomen and Main. Schwenksville in an unfriendly pedestrian town. I always use your crosswalk as it is the safest one in town. See you soon.
John Scioli November 07, 2012 at 04:16 AM
Very good news indeed . Thank you for updating us Joseph.
Camy Quinn November 07, 2012 at 11:30 AM
Thank goodness! Tell Emily we have all been thinking of her and hoping for the best. Good news! Hopefully her minor injuries will cause some change for the traffic 73 and possibly save a future life.
Green Wolf's Village Barn Shoppes November 07, 2012 at 07:42 PM
Thank you for the update. We are so happy to hear that she is doing well. You are in our prayers. - The Wolf Family
mark smerkanich November 08, 2012 at 12:07 PM
I would suggest the installation of those rumble strips like those installed at the Lederach intersection. It at least alerts the motorist to slow down.

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