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September 29, 2013

Crosswalk Crackdown: Police issue $200 tickets for drivers who don't stop for pedestrians in road


Marilse Rodriguez-Garcia, 60, of Cambridge was airlifted to Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston after the 6 p.m. accident on Sept. 21, 2012. She has not returned to work since the accident.

After the accident, Ronald Desrocher, 24, of 308 Hilldale Ave., Haverhill was charged with numerous offenses including driving under the influence of drugs, illegal possession of marijuana, failure to stop in a crosswalk, leaving the scene of an accident and impeding a police investigation.

Rodriguez-Garcia had just returned from a meeting at Lawrence High School and was headed back to work that night. She was hit after parking her car, police said.

Desrocher, who was driving a 2001 Volkswagon Jetta west on Essex Street, said he was unable to see well due to the glare on his windshield. But investigating Officer Miguel Romero said Desrocher’s pupils “were in pin point” and he was dozing off as police interviewed him.

Desrocher is due back in Lawrence District Court on Friday in the pending case.

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Crosswalk law Crosswalk safety tips When you're a pedestrian: Walk on a sidewalk or path when they are available. Be alert; don't be distracted by electronic devices, radios, smart phones etc. Be cautious day and night. Never assume a driver sees you. Cross the street at crosswalks and intersections whenever possible. If there is no crosswalk, find a well lit area, wait for a gap in traffic that allows you to cross safely and always watch traffic as you cross. Don't walk on freeways, highways or any pedestrian-prohibited areas. Wear bright clothing during the day and reflective materials at night. And use a flashlight when it's dark. Avoid alcohol and drugs when walking. They impair your abilities. When you're a driver: Look out for pedestrians everywhere at all times. Be especially vigilant for pedestrians at night or in bad weather. Slow down and be prepared to stop when turning or entering a crosswalk. Always stop for pedestrians in crosswalks. Never pass vehicles stopped at a crosswalk. Follow the speed limit. Follow slower speed limits in school zones and in neighborhoods where children are present. (Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)

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