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Pedestrians, drivers need to be aware, alert to surroundings

By the same token, Bleyle said people crossing busy streets also have a responsibility. They need to be aware of what's going on around them.

"Rarely does an accident happen where it's 100 percent one person's fault," Bleyle said. "I would never just step out into a crosswalk assuming that traffic is going to know they need to stop for me."

Troop K Road

Altogether, three fatalities have occurred on Troop K, a county road, over the last three decades. The previous fatality happened in 1998 and the earliest occurred prior to 1985, the year in which the Manlius Police Department was established.

Since then, a number of warning signs and flashing yellow lights have been installed to alert drivers of the upcoming crosswalk. The Eagle Bulletin filed a Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request on Dec. 12 soliciting details of the County Department of Transportation's management of the crosswalk in question and is still awaiting a full response.

The most recent work completed by the County DOT took place late summer of this year when David Sychtysz, manager of the Cavalry Club, requested a sign be placed in the center of the crosswalk.

The DOT granted the request, though the sign is only seasonal and must be removed during winter as it may impede snowplows.

Sychtysz praised the Manlius Police Department for its help, but said he understands it can't monitor traffic passing the club around the clock.

He said he continues to look for solutions to make crossing the busy highway safer for his members and guests.

"Each and every one of us here at the Cavalry Club extends our most sincere sympathy to the Stone family, Mrs. Stone and their friends," he said.

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