New Jersey readers may have heard about these tragic accidents involving two pedestrians. According to the news from Feb. 11, the two people were killed in two different incidents within four hours of each other on Feb. 10. In one pedestrian accident, the driver of the vehicle that struck him is still unknown.
In the first accident, which happened shortly before 6:00 p.m., a man was trying to cross the street in the Elizabethport neighborhood, when he was struck by a vehicle that was passing through. The 68-year-old man was injured and transported to Trinitas Hospital, according to police. His injuries were severe, and he passed away.
Right now, police reported that the vehicle was white. It was also traveling south when fleeing the scene, according to their reports, but they have no other knowledge about the accident. Their investigation is continuing, and hopefully someone will come forward.
Shockingly, just a few hours later, another person was hit and killed in a car accident. An Elizabeth resident, age 66, was found injured and lying in a roadway. The man was taken to Trinitas and pronounced dead. In his case, a 27-year-old resident claimed that the man had come onto the road from between two vehicles that were parked on the side of the road. As of the report on Feb. 11, no summonses had been issued for the driver.
It may seem like there are a lot of accidents in the area, and you're probably right to think so. Between 2010 and 2012, only 29 pedestrians in total were killed on Union County Roads, according to the report from the Tri-State Transportation Campaign. With two cases happening so close together, police will likely be investigating to see if there is a common cause.
Source: NJ.com, "Two pedestrians killed in Elizabeth in 4-hour span" Tom Wright-Piersanti, Feb. 11, 2014