Lawrence – Identity of Pedestrian Killed in Route 1 Revealed
Police investigating the case have finally the identified the victim of a fatal pedestrian crash on Business Route 1 in Lawrence late last month.
The victim, 36 year-old Kenneth Sidden-Walker was struck at around 9 p.m. on October 24 as he was crossing a stretch of road that passes by Colonial Lanes bowling alley and the Lawrence Shopping Center.
Police reports said Sidden-Walker crossed the northbound lanes then climbed over the concrete media into the southbound lanes, where he was struck by an SUV. The 23 year-old driver of the SUV, a woman from Trenton, then lost control of her SUV and struck a nearby utility pole, causing wires to fall on the road.
First and foremost, we would like to send our condolences to the bereaved family. We know and understand the pain and anguish they may be going through in these trying times. We hope they find the strength to move forward from this tragedy.
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 road can be safer for everyone.
If someone you care about was killed or severely injured in an accident, there may be a lot going through your head. The NJ injury attorneys of Brach Eichler Trial Lawyers have helped people like you fight for justice. We will discuss all of your legal options with you, free of charge. Call (973) 364-8300 to get in touch with one of our knowledgeable attorneys.
Note: This blog reports on the types of cases our firm has extensive experience handling. It is painful to learn of the prevalence of these serious accidents, and it is our sincere hope that future catastrophes can be avoided. Our blog posts are written from scouring recent news stories. As more information is revealed, these stories may be updated. If the information in this blog article is outdated or false, please let us know so we can add updates or corrections.
Disclaimer: By showing the frequency of these serious accidents, Brach Eichler Trial Lawyers hopes that more will be done to prevent them. Another aim is to give readers information that can be used to help them reduce the likelihood they are involved in a serious accident. Content on our blog is not legal advice.