The June 3 pedestrian accident in which a 6-year-old boy was hit by a car continues to cause great concerns to parents and residents in the community.
“The township is working with the Pennsylvania State Police regarding the accident, and will be discussing this at the June 16 Board of Commissioners meeting,” said Lower Macungie Township Manager Bruce Fosselman.
The incident occurred just before 5 p.m., and state police at Fogelsville say the boy, who was unnamed by police because of his age and listed only as being from Macungie, was attempting to cross Willow Lane from the east side at the intersection of Sauerkraut Lane at 4:54 p.m., according to police.
Police also say the boy ran in front of the car.
The site of the accident was the intersection of Willow and Sauerkraut lanes in Lower Macungie Township in the vicinity of Willow Lane Elementary School.
Residents have voiced several concerns about the intersection including
- The lack of “School Zone” signs and/or crossing guards at the school.
- The need for a light at the intersection instead of a four-way stop sign.
- Disregard of the rules of the road by bicyclists
Regarding the need to create a school zone, Sean Brown, a Pennsylvania Department of Transportation press officer outlined the requirements.
“A school zone must be requested by the East Penn School District and a traffic study would then be done.
“In order to install a traffic light, a request would be made by the township and, again, a traffic study would be done.
"If a light were to be installed, it would be owned and maintained by the township," Brown said.
Others in the community are hesitant to talk about the incident including Willow Lane Principal Anthony Moyer and PTO co-presidents Laura Kohler and Susan McNamara who all declined to comment on the incident.