Date Published: 2019/12/12
A 56 year-old Newark resident died after she was hit by a vehicle while crossing Washington Avenue Monday night, December 9.
The victim, identified as Nora Hernandez, was crossing in Washington Avenue near Mill Street at around 6:37 p.m. when she was hit by a 2017 Jeep Cherokee.
When emergency responders arrived, they found Hernandez suffering from life-threatening injuries and quickly rushed her to Clara Maass Medical Center for treatment. Hernandez succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced dead at 7:20 p.m.
The driver of the Jeep Cherokee stayed at the scene and is cooperating with police investigation.
First and foremost, we would like to send out sincerest condolences to the bereaved family. May they find the strength and courage to move forward from this tragic accident.
Pedestrian accidents are one of the most fatal types of crashes that happen on the roadways of New Jersey. In a report compiled by the New Jersey State Police Fatal Accident Investigation Unit says that in 2017, there was a total of 179 pedestrian crashes which resulted in 35 injuries and 183 fatalities. 91 of these fatalities happened because the pedestrian was crossing at a prohibited area, and 40 fatal crashes happened while the pedestrian was crossing at a marked crosswalk.
New Jersey law states that a driver of a vehicle must stop and stay stopped for a pedestrian crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk, but shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection, except at crosswalks when the movement of traffic is being regulated by police officers or traffic control signals. Pedestrians must also obey pedestrian signals and use crosswalks at signalized intersections. Drivers and pedestrians who fail to follow these laws may face a hefty fine.
We urge drivers and pedestrians alike to observe and follow laws so that the roadways can be safer for everyone.Written by: Brach Eichler Injury Lawyers