While I am pleased to have been quoted at the end of Greg Marku’s excellent article entitled, “Parents address bus policy distance concerns,” I must make one correction. I had said, “I almost got hit” by the car taking a left onto Noroton Avenue from Ledge Road while I was in the crosswalk. It is a minor correction, however, since I recall having read in this very paper within the past year that two other pedestrians have been hit in crosswalks at other, seemingly more benign intersections, including a Middlesex Road intersection possibly near one of the schools.
At the end of a school day this past year, my son’s Middlesex Middle School bus was rear-ended on Hecker Avenue, that section of which I noted at the board meeting is essentially an on ramp for I-95 north, by a car with out of state plates, the driver of which may have been more focused on the I-95 sign, and how to access the interstate, than the large school bus in front of it stopped at a stop sign the car’s driver was not anticipating. At the time I was relieved my son and his friends were protected by the large bus surrounding them from this likely low impact collision. At the time I did not realize that my son would be heading for a future unprotected walk from the high school during which such an impact would surely injure or kill him.