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MassDOT to study stretch of Route 114 where pedestrian was killed in Danvers

Posted by Justin Rice  February 24, 2012 11:43 AM

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The Massachusetts Department of Transportation said it will investigate the stretch of Route 114 where a pedestrian was fatally struck by a motor vehicle on Wednesday night.

“The State Police continue to investigate the crash Wednesday night on Route 114 in Danvers,” MassDOT spokesman Michael Verseckes said in a statement. “Once the investigation is complete, MassDOT will conduct a full safety review of this intersection to determine whether any safety improvements are necessary.”

Police identified a 44-year-old Danvers man who was fatally struck by a pickup truck at approximately 8:20 p.m. Wednesday night. Christopher Schlosser was crossing the road in the area of 155 Andover St. (Route 114) when he was struck by a 2005 Ford Ranger that was traveling westbound, Danvers Police Captain Patrick Ambrose said.

Ambrose said the driver of the car, Christopher Giurleo, 25, of Lynn cooperated with police and currently there are no charges pending.

Ambrose said the State Police Accident Reconstruction unit is conducting a full investigation that will likely take a few weeks.

When that is complete, Verseckes said MassDOT will review the timing of the road’s traffic signals, its sightlines and whether or not crosswalks would disrupt the flow of traffic.

“Are there lines of sight that are appropriate enough to handle pedestrian crossings?” he said during a telephone interview. “Would crosswalks disrupt flows of traffic? Are there any geometrical challenges to intersection?”

But Ambrose said the five-lane state roadway was never meant to be pedestrian friendly and that there has not been a “huge amount” of pedestrian accidents on the road recently.  

“Since 2008 there have been four pedestrian accidents on Route 114 from the Peabody line to the Middleton line; that includes the one on Feb. 22,” he said, adding that there have been hundreds of motor vehicle accidents in that same span. “Route 114 is a major thoroughfare, not a secondary roadway that cuts through our community.

“It’s not a pedestrian friendly roadway. Most of the roadway itself does not have pedestrian sidewalks. There are no crosswalks on Route 114 through Danvers that I’m aware of.”

Nevertheless, Verseckes said they will study Route 114 anyway.

“We want roadways to accommodate multimodes of transportation if at all possible and wherever possible,” he said during a telephone interview, “Unfortunately that is not always the case for every roadway out there.

“We will get out there and take a look at this. Maybe this will be one of those.”


Justin A. Rice can be reached at jrice.globe@gmail.com.

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