Elmira Police identified the pedestrian killed in the recent accident on Hoffman Street as Mary Claire Klugo, 71, of Scio Street. For those of us who grew up in Elmira, we know Scio Street as being a very nice, quiet neighborhood of well-maintained homes. A neighborhood where the idea of a leisurely after-dinner stroll is one of the pleasures of summer living. Sadly, this stroll ended tragically as an inattentive driver struck Ms. Klugo as she walked less than two blocks away from her home on Scio Street. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Klugo family.

This tragic accident continues to reinforce my belief that ALL drivers, young and old, male and female, must be much more vigilant in ALWAYS being on the lookout for other users of the roads—the walkers, the joggers, the bicyclists, the baby strollers, the skateboarders. In less than two weeks, three pedestrians have been killed on Elmira streets. I recently wrote about this rash of fatalities caused by careless driving in the post, “Elmira Injury Lawyer Discusses Three Elmira Pedestrian Fatalities: What is Going On?” here on the NY Injury Law Blog.

Here’s a copy of the Star-Gazette news brief reporting Ms. Klugo’s identity:

“Elmira police identify woman killed Friday”

September 8, 2010, 3:32 pm

Elmira police announced Wednesday afternoon that Mary Claire Klugo, 71, of Scio Street, was killed after being struck by a car on Hoffman Street at West Washington Avenue on Friday evening.

Klugo died of her injuries on Saturday at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. A funeral service was held Wednesday morning.

Police said the accident remains under investigation and further information will be released as it becomes available.

I’m sure updates and a longer story will be covered soon. In the meantime, our thoughts and prayers go out to Ms. Klugo’s family over this needless tragedy. Maybe with enough coverage and discussion, it will sink in, and this deadly trend won’t continue.

Thanks for reading,


James B. Reed, Esq.
NY & PA Personal Injury Lawyer
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