Keywords: kroemer ave
Description: The intersection of Route 58 and Kroemer Avenue was the scene of another accident this morning shortly after 8 a.m., injuring one person.
The intersection of Route 58 and Kroemer Avenue was the scene of another accident this morning shortly after 8 a.m. injuring one person.
A Volkswagen Jetta turned right onto Route 58 from Kroemer Avenue into the path of an eastbound Ford Explorer. The SUV hit the Volkswagen sedan on the driver’s side in a collision described by emergency personnel as “moderate speed impact.” The 86-year-old female driver of the Volkswagen was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center by Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corps; she was complaining of chest pain, apparently a result of airbag deployment, but was otherwise uninjured, according to radio reports.
The impact of the crashed spun the Volkswagen around and pushed it into the left eastbound lane of travel. The Explorer, meanwhile, careened into the parking lot of Carl’s Equipment after it hit the Jetta. The driver of the SUV, who said she was on her way to work, was not injured.
A manager at Carl’s Equipment said he’s noticed an increase in traffic accidents at the intersection since the county and town changed signalization and traffic patterns there in December. Northbound Kroemer Avenue was made “right-turn only” and right turns on red were banned at that time. The most recent crash there occurred Friday afternoon when a car attempted to turn west onto Route 58 from Kroemer Avenue while westbound traffic had a green light.
A sign advising motorists on Kroemer that the intersection is right-turn only was knocked down in a prior accident and remains on the ground next to the roadway; the sign stating “no turn on red” is suspended from an overhead cable.
The Carl’s Equipment manager said he has told employees to park their cars away from the section of his parking lot nearest Kroemer Avenue because of all the accidents there now. He said he’s afraid a customer will be injured or a car involved in an accident will crash into the building.
County traffic engineers sought to change traffic patterns at the intersection in order to avoid a multi-phased signal there, which they said would impede traffic flow on Route 58, a county road that was made into a five-lane roadway in 2010. The Riverhead Town Board agreed and adopted a local law in May 2011 adopting the “right-turn only/no turn on red” rule there. However, the new signal, road striping and signage was not implemented until December.