Milford Taking Steps to Improve Pedestrian Safety on Bridgeport Avenue

A state representative is calling for officials to take a closer look at pedestrian safety on Bridgeport Avenue in Milford after one car hit a 14-year-old boy and another driver caused a serious crash, then fled the scene, in a span of less than 48 hours at the end of August.

"What I discovered was there were 17 accidents in the last 10 years with four fatalities," State Rep. Kim Rose said. "We are clearly the most dangerous stretch of roadway in Milford."

Milford Police are increasing patrols to crack down on speeding and drunken driving, Rose said.

"The street cannot accommodate the volume of traffic. This area has become more congested," Milford resident Bella DeBrum said.

Rose said she is also planning a meeting with Connecticut Department of Transportation officials to discuss the timing of traffic signals, improving crosswalks and any other ideas to protect pedestrians on this stretch of Route 1.

"They drive like there’s no signs," John Iaffaldano said. "I think they should put speed bumps."

Iaffaldano owns a salon on Bridgeport Avenue.

"I’m really surprised there's not more accidents than there really are," he said. "I mean they literally just fly."

Police said speed was a factor in both of the August collisions.

They are still searching for the driver of the dark colored sedan who fled after striking 34-year-old Amanda Keane as she got into her car after leaving work at the Bridge House Restaurant. 

Anyone with information should call the Milford Police Department, Traffic Division (203) 878-5244 and reference case 4833-16.

"I knew the girl who got hit because I've been to the Bridge House many times and she’s a sweetheart," DeBrum said. "I feel awful about the whole thing."

For now, Rose is urging drivers to "slow down, obey the speed limits, pay attention to what’s going on around you."

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