Date Published: 2019/12/09
A pedestrian in Englewood sustained serious injuries after being hit by a vehicle whose driver fled the scene, but then returned not long after, last Friday, December 6.
According to Deputy Police Chief Gregory Halstead, a 50 year-old Englewood woman was crossing at the intersection of Meadowbrook Road and Broad Avenue at around 5:40 p.m. when she was struck by a 2019 Buick Enclave driven by a 50 year-old woman.
The driver panicked and fled from the scene, but returned to the scene later.
Responders found the victim just off the curb, conscious and responsive, and transported her to Englewood Hospital and Medical Center for treatment.
Summonses and charges are pending based on the results of the investigation.
We would like to send our sympathies to the victim of this incident. We wish her a speedy recovery from her injuries. We’re also glad the driver returned and is cooperating with police.
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