Walking near a roadway shouldn't put your life in danger, but distracted drivers and negligence can do just that. It's a fact that pedestrian accidents have been in the news frequently this winter, and now a woman has been killed in another car crash in New Jersey. According to reports from March 24, a woman from Bridgeton was struck in the morning while walking along East Commerce Street.
The New Jersey State Police were on the scene following the accident that happened at approximately 12:30 a.m. They reported that they were called to the 800 block of East Commerce Street when they were told a pedestrian had been struck by a passing car.
The police attending the scene reported that a black Dodge Stratus driven by a 29-year-old man had struck the woman. He had allegedly been driving in the eastern lane when he hit the 41-year-old woman. It's been said that the woman was found in the westbound lane when the emergency teams arrived, but it's not clear if she was trying to cross the road or if she was struck and thrown to the other side of the road.
Reports state that when she was found, a medivac helicopter was called to the scene. Unfortunately, the helicopter had to be called off when emergency crews pronounced her dead at the scene. So far, the man driving the Stratus has not been charged in the incident, but police are still investigating the accident.
In accidents like this, it's important for police to take their time and to get the facts straight. It's possible that after fully investigating the case, the person driving could be charged with a crime. If negligence, distractions or other factors weigh into the incident, the at-fault party could face fines, prison time, as well as a possible civil suit by the victim's family.
Source: NJ.com, "Pedestrian killed in Fairfield Twp. crash, police say" Alex Young, Mar. 24, 2014