COLLEGE PARK – The Maryland State Highway Administration is lowering the speed limit on Baltimore Avenue in response to a string of pedestrian accidents that have taken place this year. So far, three people have died crossing Baltimore Avenue between Knox Road and Hartwick Road.In the next 15 to 60 days, major changes will take […]
COLLEGE PARK – The Maryland State Highway Administration is lowering the speed limit on Baltimore Avenue in response to a string of pedestrian accidents that have taken place this year.
So far, three people have died crossing Baltimore Avenue between Knox Road and Hartwick Road.
In the next 15 to 60 days, major changes will take place on Baltimore Avenue between Knox Road and Hartwick Road in College Park.
On January 17, 22-year-old Cory Hubbard died crossing the road. In April, 23-year-old University of Maryland senior Carlos Pacanins died after getting hit by a car.
The latest fatality occurred last week when 21-year-old Janelle Marie Oni died crossing the street.
Prince George’s County Police spokesman Lt. Bill Alexander said none of the victims were in a crosswalk when they were hit. He also said alcohol may have played a role in the accidents.
“We also known that some of the victims killed were under influence of alcohol at the time of the incident, as well as some of the drivers of the striking vehicles,” Alexander said. “In the past four years there has not been anyone struck or killed who have been crossing Baltimore Avenue in crosswalk.”
All three incidents occurred after midnight on Saturday or Sunday morning just before or shortly after nearby bars closed for the evening, Alexander said.
State Highway Administration (SHA) spokesperson Melinda Peters announced the speed limit on Baltimore Avenue between Guilford Road/Guilford Drive and Berwyn Road will be reduced from 30 miles per hour to 25 miles per hour on July 31.
SHA is also taking other actions to make the road safer for pedestrians, Peters said.
“SHA will be installing a temporary median fence along U.S. 1 between Knox and Hartwick roads to deter mid-block pedestrian crossings,” Peters said. “By the end of October we will be also installing overhead pedestrian signal flashing yellow to U.S. 1 vehicular traffic and flashing red to Hartwick Road traffic except when a pedestrian pushes the walk button; the signal will turn to solid red in all directions to stop traffic and allow pedestrians to safely cross the intersection.”