Hackettstown – Pedestrian Killed in Fatal Crash

Hackettstown – Pedestrian Killed in Fatal Crash >

Date Published: 2019/12/18

A 72 year-old woman died after she was struck by a vehicle while she was crossing the street last Friday, December 13.

Officers from Hackettstown Police responded to reports of a pedestrian strike at Willow Grove Street at approximately 5:10 p.m. When emergency responders arrived at the scene, they found the victim, identified as 72 year-old Brenda Sargeant from Mansfield Township, lying prone on the ground.

Sargeant was quickly rushed to Hackettstown Medical Center where she was pronounced dead not long after.

The crash remains under investigation.

First and foremost, we would like to send our sincerest condolences to the bereaved family. We hope they find the strength and courage to move forward from this tragic accident.

Pedestrian Accidents

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
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