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New Jersey pedestrian accident kills man

Anytime somebody is walking in close proximity to moving vehicles, the chance of a pedestrian accident exists. This holds true even if there is no reason for a collision to occur. A 48-year-old man from Passaic was killed when he was struck by a vehicle on the Garden State Parkway.

According to police, a van was in the left southbound lane of the parkway in an attempt to assist a disabled van that was pulled over on the right shoulder of the road. At that time, another van, this one also traveling in the left lane, swerved and struck the door of one of the vehicles. It then drove into the grassy median, at which time it collided with three pedestrians.

In addition to the man who was killed, three others were injured in the accident, aged 56, 61 and 64. Three others, all of whom were in one of the vans that was stopped, were not injured in the crash.

The Elizabeth Public Schools later shed some light on the accident saying, "Today one of those vans had a flat and was pulled over to receive service when a vehicle traveling along the highway struck and killed the bus driver."

For roughly six hours, two of the lanes were closed while authorities investigated the accident.

These types of pedestrian accidents occur on highways throughout the U.S. for a number of reasons. In this case, one man died and many others were injured. This could lead to criminal charges, as well as the victims considering legal action to increase the chance of a full recovery.

Source: NJ.com, "Authorities identify man struck and killed on Garden State Parkway" Rob Spahr, Jul. 22, 2014

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