High Point woman hit by car fights crosswalk ticket

HIGH POINT, N.C. — A High Point woman hit by a car while using a motorized wheelchair to get to the grocery store Saturday will not be blamed for the wreck.

Janet Wade and her daughter were both sent to the hospital after the crash. Not long after that, a police officer investigating the wreck on Westchester Drive and Evergreen Avenue wrote Wade a ticket for not using a crosswalk.

“I could have lost my life,” said Wade. “I could have lost my daughter. Would that have made me still wrong?”

Wade wrote a letter to the mayor’s office complaining about the ticket. That prompted a second look by the High Point Police Department.

“Any time you don’t think an officer got it right or question what we do you should contact the police department and ask them to relook at it,” said Chief Marty Sumner.

Sumner said by reconstructing the accident and finding a new photograph of Wade right before the crash police determined Wade did have the right of way.

“The report will be corrected to reflect what we’ve now found she’ll be getting a copy of the new report,” said Sumner. “There will be no charges against her.”

Sumner said even without a crosswalk, Wade was crossing Westchester close enough to an intersection to be protected by the law.

He said a safer alternative is to find an intersection with a traffic light on it to cross the road.

“She could have crossed at the light, she would have gone a little bit out of her way but I’d say if studies show a lot of pedestrians cross right there then that’s something the city could look at to put in some additional safety measures,” said Sumner.

At this point, Sumner said there isn’t enough public demand for a traffic study to evaluate the need for a crosswalk in that area.

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