A dispatcher for Absecon police in New Jersey was charged with DWI after he fatally struck a man around 1:30 a.m. on Feb. 6 in Galloway. More charges were pending a complete investigation.
In New Jersey and across the U.S., pedestrian accidents happen when a person is struck by a vehicle or falls due to uneven, cracked pavement or debris left in their path. In both instances, the pedestrian injury may be due to a driver's negligence or that of a property owner. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, about 5,000 pedestrians die every year as a result of motor vehicle accidents, and approximately 76,000 pedestrians were injured in this way in 2012.
A man has been charged with vehicular homicide and other crimes after an accident on a New Jersey street where they struck a pedestrian and drove away with the individual stuck halfway through the windshield of their car. The accident happened on Nov. 10, but the pedestrian did not pass away for some time.
On Nov. 14, a hit-and-run crash in New Jersey critically injured two pedestrians on North Bergen's Kennedy Boulevard. Authorities are reportedly searching for the driver of the vehicle involved in the deadly incident.
A New Jersey farmers market became the scene of a car accident on the afternoon of Aug. 17, leading to the death of a local woman. The incident occurred around 2:20 p.m. in Hawthorne when a pickup truck went through a barricade and into the farmers market. The market was nearing the end of its business day and vendors were starting to close. The truck struck several people, injuring a few and killing one woman after briefly dragging her.
A pedestrian has been seriously injured in a neighboring state after getting hit by a saw blade while walking on a city sidewalk. The woman was struck in the leg after a saw blade was ejected by a circular saw and flew 100 feet before hitting her. This pedestrian accident occurred on a recent Tuesday as a construction crew worked in the area.
Many New Jersey residents hang air fresheners and other trinkets from their rearview mirrors, but doing so can be dangerous as well as against the law, a recent lawsuit illustrates.
A man was struck and killed by a vehicle recently while crossing a street in Mt. Ephraim. According to authorities, the man became trapped under the vehicle after being hit. Some witnesses rushed to help the man by locating a jack and lifting the car off the victim so that emergency workers could assist the man. The man was immediately taken to a nearby hospital, but he died a short time after arrival. Police continue to investigate the cause of the incident.
Thousands of pedestrians die every year as the result of motor vehicle accidents. Even more suffer injuries after being hit by trucks or cars. The high frequency of fatalities in these accidents can perhaps be attributed to the size and weight disparity between a motor vehicle and a pedestrian, as well as the fact that pedestrians lack any kind of protection. The unfortunate reality is that pedestrians are highly vulnerable to catastrophic damage on the road.
Police in Ocean County have arrested a man who is suspected of being involved in a December hit-and-run accident. He was apprehended at his attorney's office in Jersey City, and is being held on $200,000 bail.