A tree decorated with 1,400 pink lights will be dedicated to a Sea Isle City summer resident who was struck and killed by a car last summer in Ocean City.
Casey Feldman, 21, of Springfield, Pa., was killed July 21 while crossing Central Avenue at 14th Street. A delivery driver had stopped his van but did not see her.
Feldman’s death helped change state laws affecting pedestrian safety. A law that requires drivers to stop for — not just yield to — pedestrians in crosswalks took effect April 1. The law mandates that drivers remain stopped for pedestrians and sets the fine for a violation at $200, double the previous $100 penalty.
Teresa Thomas, of the South Jersey Traffic Safety Alliance, helped place the lights on the tree in front of the Sea Isle City Police Department in preparation for the dedication May 1. The ceremony will coincide with Sea Isle’s Community Day.
Feldman’s parents have decorated a tree at home with 18,000 pink lights.
Since 2004, about 150 pedestrians have been killed annually in New Jersey traffic-related incidents, according to statistics provided by Pam Fischer, director of the state Division of Highway Traffic Safety. Pedestrian fatalities had declined for three years until 2009, when the number increased to 157.