Posted by: kendra | June 19, 2008

Cyclist on Punchbowl Road Hit by Driver Talking on Cell Phone

This sounds like it was really bad; according to the Daily Record, John Cannila was riding his bike down Punchbowl Road and was hit by a teenage driver talking on a cell phone. He is in critical condition. The article says Cannila suffered a broken femur, broken lower leg, broken arm, broken ribs, and internal injuries.

I haven’t been on this road in awhile, but the article says that both the bike and the car did not stop at the intersection, which makes me think this happened right under the train tracks. Anyhow, it’s pretty awful.

The Daily Record had a breaking story on it here, that I originally linked to. They are both pretty much the same, except for the comments.



  1. I just had a dog walking job in the development just on the other side of the tracks. I was warned not to walk along Punchbowl because of the narrow shoulder and speeding cars. I still see people on cell phones despite the new law. THere definately should be a much stiffer penalty.

  2. Punhbowl is pretty bad to walk on, which is too bad, because it’s really pretty. I used to see people walking on it all the time coming from Convent Station to work at the Morris County Golf Club. I wonder if there is a way to open up an entrance to the golf club from the Traction Line, which backs right up to it.

    This has nothing to do with this accident tho, maybe a thread over the weekend about roads and whatnot.

  3. Yes, at that intersection under the tracks, Sight lines at that intersection are’nt terrible, if you stop… man oh man. Nasty.

  4. Here’s a Morristown Green post on it.

  5. Rush Hour if you go up parallel Punchbowl through St. E’s you’ll probably encounter 3 cars instead of the at least 15 on Pbowl. But St. E’s has a nastier graded hill compared to Ppbowl, you lose a few minutes.
    I think a person jogging from one of the schools was killed on Punchbowl maybe 10 or so years ago.

  6. Dave says the speed limit on punchbowl road is 40 mph, do you think it would be safer if it was slower, or is it just too skinny? i guess by safer, I mean for people walking and biking on it, not exactly this accident. He totally agrees with you about cutting through St. Elizabeth btw.

  7. There is no white fog line on p-bowl. Its kinda tree covered which makes it a little dark. I’ve only ridden it a couple times before deciding on St. E’s. P-bowl ends at Park Ave which aint so hot for riding either.

  8. […] 10, 2008 · No Comments Earlier this year, Tony Cannilla was riding his bike along Punchbowl Road and was hit by a car; there is going to be a fundraiser on Thursday to help him and his family out with his medical […]

  9. I moved into that area in 1968 when I was about 14 years old. Within a few months of moving in, a kid just a few houses away was seriously injured by a car.

    The road has lots of twists and turns, and you can’t really see a pedestrian until you are right on top of them.

    I wonder how many people have been injured since 1968?

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