Third Street Pedestrian Signs Confused Driver in Tuesday's Unusual 3-Car Crash

The following information was supplied by the Geneva Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

An Elgin driver's confusion over pedestrian-crossing signs on South Third Street contributed to Tuesday's three-car accident that pushed one vehicle onto the sidewalk next to the Geneva Post Office, Geneva police reports indicate.

Three drivers refused treatment following the accident that took place around 10:43 a.m. Nov. 13 at the intersection of James Street and South Third Street, reports said.

According to reports, a Chevrolet Malibu driven by Samsam Turkman, 65, of Elgin was travelling east on James Street and stopped at the stop sign at South Third Street as a Hyundai Sonata driven by Violeta Flores, 77, was travelling north on Third Street.

Reports said Turkman saw the yellow pedestrian crosswalk stop sign for northbound traffic, assumed that Flores’ Sonata would stop, and proceeded into the intersection. His Malibu struck the rear of the Sonata, which veered to its left into the northwest corner of the intersection, near the Post Office, where it struck a sign post, park bench and two large newspaper boxes, all owned by the city of Geneva.

The newspaper boxes then fell into a parked Chrysler Town & Country owned by Sandra Smith, 57, of Batavia. More than $1,500 damage was done to any one person’s vehicle.

Geneva Medic 251 arrived on the scene, but all three drivers refused treatment. Turkman was charged with failure to yield at a stop intersection and has a court date of Dec. 11, reports said.

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Arron Lee November 16, 2012 at 07:38 PM
Jeff- I am from CA so I know this can be done. I have been pulled back off the street many many times. But incidents of jay-walking tickets are much higher there as well. So it has to go both ways. Designated walking ways for pedestrians need to be utilized for just that. So many times walking downtown I see people darting through cars. Arron
Koshka November 16, 2012 at 07:44 PM
If we have a guy spending the day riding up and down the street marking tires for parking enforcement might it not be a good idea to put some police resources on enforcing an actual safety law.? A law that should be enforced not just on 3rd Street but also on State Street?
Jon Azavedo November 16, 2012 at 08:21 PM
I heard those signs went in because Tubby Burns needed extra time to waddle his royalness across the street. Speaking of Tubby, did he disappear after his resounding loss?
Bob McQuillan November 16, 2012 at 09:40 PM
I don't have any expertise on this but I have noticed that if you are travelling east or west it is difficult to see cars on 3rd street because of the cars parked on 3rd. You need to inch out as far as possible and that defeats the crosswalk because you are sitting in the middle of it. I know parking is a premium downtown but is it possible to realign the parking spaces farther away from the corners. Won't cost anything except re-stripping. Also, I don't think all pedestrians understand they have the right of way and sometimes those that do just walk without even looking for cars.
Arron Lee November 16, 2012 at 09:51 PM
I asked someone years ago what it would take to try to get the bike lane/routes similar to that of South Street by the PW bldg. and I was told, just for striping it was a crazy number. But yes, moving away from corners is a huge must. Especially, if you have a giant SUV OVER the line.


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