Fatality spurs call for speed crackdown
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
BY BARBARA MILLER
Of Our Palmyra Bureau
ANNVILLE - A crackdown on speeding is one of the measures the Annville Twp. Police Department is taking after a woman was hit and killed by a car Friday in the 400 block of West Main Street.
While saying he hasn't determined whether speeding was a factor in Sandra Klinefelter, 52, being killed as she tried to cross the street, Chief Michael Burdge said he asked state police to run speed enforcement details.
Klinefelter, of Annville, was struck by a Chrysler PT Cruiser driven by Fallon D. Binner, 24, of Lebanon, who works in the Lebanon office of state Sen. Mike Folmer.
Folmer, R-Lebanon, said Binner was on her way to work at the Giant Center in Hershey, where she is employed part-time.
"Our prayers and thoughts go out to both families," Folmer said. "This is a just a terrible accident ... Fallon Binner is a kind and gracious person who would never intentionally cause harm to anyone."
Burdge said the information he's received so far is that Binner "just never saw her," but he said he's hoping to talk to more witnesses.
Klinefelter was crossing the street about 5:15 p.m. from the south side, where she lived, to the north when she was struck. Burdge said he was told Klinefelter was "in the vicinity" of the crosswalk, but isn't positive if she was inside it or not.
"I find it hard to believe with this much traffic" more witnesses haven't come forward, he said.
Eastbound traffic was backed up, and the west lane, in which Binner was traveling, was clear when the accident occurred, Burdge said.
Regarding the request for state police speed enforcement, Burdge warned that tickets will be issued, not just warnings.
More police enforcement was good news yesterday to Neil Young of Chestnut Street, who was out for a walk to the Quittapahilla Creek that involved crossing Route 422 on the west end of town.
"I take it easy and watch myself," he said.
"That traffic's too fast," Young said, adding that westbound drivers "take off" after they get through town and approach the 55 mph speed zone exiting Annville. Through town, the speed limit is 25 mph.
"If they [police] hit people in the pocket, I think they'll slow down," Young said.
Klinefelter was the fourth pedestrian killed in Annville since 1995.
In September 1995, Richard Goss, 69, of the 200 block of West Main Street, was struck crossing Main Street just west of King Street and died of injuries in the hospital.
Grace Shumway, 67, of Lebanon, was killed crossing East Main Street near Manheim Street in April 2001. Karen Strawbridge, 64, of Campbelltown, was killed in 1999 crossing the street around the same area.
Pedestrian safety improvements were a major goal of the $4 million downtown streetscape project in Annville, which, among other things, added "bump outs" at some intersections to help make pedestrians more visible.
Klinefelter was a homemaker and social member of Annville V.F.W. Post 8023.
She is survived by her husband, John Klinefelter, and three sons, Ronald Emery of Annville, Seth Klinefelter of Campbelltown and Michael Klinefelter of Acworth, Ga.
The viewing will be from 6 to 8 tonight at Christman's Funeral Home.
Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Christman's.
BARBARA MILLER: 832-2090 or email@example.com