Hamden officer hit by vehicle while directing traffic

HAMDEN — An officer directing traffic at Mix Avenue and Benham Street was struck by a vehicle late Friday afternoon and has suffered head, back and neck injuries, according to a police press release.

The officer was facilitating the flow of traffic at that location because of a traffic light malfunction, the release said.

At about 4:30 p.m., the release said, the officer was struck by a motor vehicle driven by a 79 year-old Woodbridge resident. The officer hit his head on the vehicle and pavement, the release said. He was transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital.

Officer Stephen DeGrand of the Traffic Division is conducting the investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact him at 203-230-4036.

Hamden police encourage motorists to adhere to the following safety measures when an officer is directing traffic:

— Reduce speed below the posted speed limit.

— Move over a lane if possible, unless such movement would be considered unsafe.

— If uncertain how to proceed, wait inside your vehicle until the officer approaches you.

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Suspect dead, trooper injured after police-involved shooting in Delaware

Delaware State Police are investigating a police-involved shooting that left a suspect dead and a trooper injured.

The incident was reported just after 4:30 p.m. Friday in the area of Farrand Drive and Hammond Place in Wilmington.

A state trooper was apparently conducting a traffic stop when the suspect allegedly attempted to

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Purple Heart posthumously awarded to CSP cadet who was hit by driver

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Pregnant woman struck by a car in Wallingford | WTNH Connecticut …

WALLINGFORD, Conn. (WTNH) –A pregnant woman was struck by a car in Wallingford Friday evening. The accident happened around 4:50 p.m., according to police.

According to authorities, a pregnant woman was walking with her child when a car traveling northbound on North Turnpike Road (Route 150) struck her. They say the woman was taken to the hospital. She is in stable condition, and her child was not injured.

North Turnpike Road near Parker Farms Road was closed for a while, but has since re-opened.

Police say the driver of the vehicle is fully cooperating with the investigation.

At this time, police have closed North Turnpike Road south of Parker Farms Road as they investigate this incident.

No further details were available at this time.

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New ‘move over’ law to increase safety

Alyssa Sutton

Beginning Jan. 1, 2018, Oregon drivers could be fined up to $1,000 for not moving over or slowing down for vehicles displaying hazard lights, according to a press release from the Oregon Department of Transportation.

The state transportation department introduced Senate Bill 34 as a means to increase safety for motorists stopped along Oregon highways. The bill, which was repassed by the Senate in June, is an expansion of a pre-existing law.

Under the current law, drivers have to move over –– or, if unable to move over safely, to slow down –– only for an emergency vehicle, a roadside assistance vehicle, a tow vehicle or ambulance, when displaying warning lights.

The law will now require vehicles to move over a lane or to slow down to five miles per hour under the posted speed limit for any vehicle with their hazard lights on or showing signs of distress. This does not include vehicles that are parked in designated parking areas.

“Part of the reason why the law is so important is that it protects law enforcement and incident responders,” ODOT Public Information Officer Shelley Snow said.

According to data collected by ODOT, between 2011 and 2015 in Oregon, there were 167 serious crashes and eight fatalities that occurred while a vehicle was parked on the side of the road and there was no emergency vehicle with lights on involved.

During the same time frame, in incidents where an emergency vehicle with lights on was aiding a motorist, there were only six serious crashes and no fatalities.

The new law makes it clear that drivers have a choice to comply by either moving over or slowing down.

“If you can’t safely move over, like on roads where there are only two lanes, then slow down,” Snow said.

Not complying with this law is still considered a Class B traffic violation — which is comparable to a speeding violation.

“We hope (this law) improves safety,” Snow said.

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Bellwood woman killed when car goes around gates, is struck by train: officials

A 21-year-old woman from Bellwood was killed and a man was injured early Friday when a car they were in tried to go around crossing gates in the western suburbs and was struck and dragged by a Union Pacific freight train, authorities said.

The crash happened just before 2 a.m.

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Valdosta man lying in road fatally struck by car

By: WCTV Eyewitness News
December 14, 2017

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WCTV) — A pedestrian has died after being hit by a car in Valdosta Wednesday night.

The Georgia State Patrol says the crash happened around 8:20 p.m. on Rocky Ford Road, just south of Knights Ferry Road in Lowndes County.

GSP says 32-year-old Zachary Kolberg was lying on his back partially in the roadway, wearing dark clothing. A Chevy Malibu that was traveling north on Rocky Ford Road struck Kolberg.

The driver of the Chevy and a witness in another vehicle immediately stopped and called 911.

GSP says the witness was a Brooks County paramedic and they began CPR on Kolberg. Kolberg was rushed to South Georgia Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased shortly after arrival.

The driver of the Chevy was not injured.

Troopers suspect alcohol may be a contributing factor as to why Kolberg was lying in the roadway, but a toxicology report is pending.

GSP does not believe drugs or alcohol were a factor for the driver of the Chevy. The driver also submitted a voluntary blood sample for a toxicology report.

Troopers noted that the area where the collision happened did not have any lighting on the roadway. GSP says charges are not expected to be filed.

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First responders urge drivers to Slow Down or Move Over – KXXV-TV …

BELL COUNTY, TX (KXXV) –

After tow truck operators, who recently lost a loved one, met with State Representative Hugh Shine last week about their campaign to raise awareness of the Slow Down or Move Over law

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Saint Joseph’s University student hospitalized after being struck by …

Philadelphia Police have a driver in custody after he allegedly struck and critically injured a St. Joseph’s University student with his car.

The accident occurred around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday on City Avenue near 54th Street.

Police said the SJU Junior was crossing City Avenue within a crosswalk from the Philadelphia side to

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