Montclair Momentum

Changes could be coming to Montclair’s Watchung Plaza intersection

More than 940 people have signed a petition looking for changes to make the intersection that connects Park Street, Watchung Avenue and Watchung Plaza safer — and township and county officials say they’re making progress toward that aim.

Local residents and business owners say they’ve seen repeated crashes at the intersection — most recently on March 14, when a mother crossing the street with a 7-year-old child was struck.

Acting Lt. Terence Turner said a woman had been on the west side of Park Street, planning to walk across it, heading east. She reported seeing a gray Subaru heading south on Park Street, stopped at a stop sign where it meets Watchung Avenue.

The driver looked to his right, and then the woman and her daughter stepped into a crosswalk to head east across Park Street, Turner said. The Subaru then drove forward, striking the woman — both she and her daughter fell, he said.

The child wasn’t hit, and the mother didn’t report any injuries, Turner said. According to Turner, the driver of the car exited his vehicle, spoke and apologized to the mother for what happened, made sure nobody was injured and left.

The petition on, created by Robert Genovese — owner of Local Coffee, which is at the intersection of Watchung Avenue and Watchung Plaza — had gathered 942 signatures as of Tuesday, March 29.