30 year-old Michael J. Spivak of Belmar was arrested after a five-month search for the hit-and-run that left two pedestrians in critical condition on June 1. According to a police report, Spivak fled the scene after striking two pedestrians crossing the area of E Street and 15th Avenue.
Spivak was charged with one count of second-degree aggravated assault, two counts of third-degree endangering an injured victim, two counts of third-degree aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and one count of fourth-degree assault by auto.
We’re glad the driver who was responsible for the hit-and-run was finally brought to justice. We wish the family and the victims are able to find the strength to move forward from this incident.
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 Last Updated : November 28, 2021