DPW To Investigate T-Intersection Where Accident Occurred

The recent collision of a bicyclist and a vehicle in the city has led some to inquire whether more stop signs are necessary to prevent future accidents.

On June 3, a 23-year-old Jamestown man sustained serious injuries after a vehicle struck his bicycle at the corner of Thayer and Crescent streets.

Eyewitnesses claim that the victim did not slow down at the intersection, but rather traveled down the hill on Thayer Street at a high rate of speed before making a sharp right turn onto Crescent Street.

Neighbors claim the lack of a stop sign at the end of Thayer Street was partially to blame, and that similar close calls have occurred in the past.

“We don’t put stop signs at the end of T-intersections,” said Jeffrey Lehman, director of public works in Jamestown. “It’s sort of a given to ‘stop’ at (a T-intersection) in a residential area. The city has never had stop signs there … and we had no indications that there were any issues with that intersection prior to that (accident).”

This notwithstanding, Lehman said that an investigation will be conducted to determine whether a stop sign at the intersection of Thayer and Crescent streets is warranted.

“We’d have to take a look at it, go through the Public Safety Committee … and add it if we feel it’s justified,” Lehman said.

A stop sign will only be employed if approved by the DPW and the Public Safety Committee.

According to Lehman, stop signs are looked at on a case-by-case basis, and are not employed liberally.

The aforementioned bicyclist reportedly sustained a broken leg and injuries to his neck and hip. He was transported to WCA Hospital by Alstar Ambulance.