Authorities are still piecing together evidence after a 19-year-old woman was killed in Little Silver over the weekend. The woman, a college freshman who had come home for Easter weekend, was the victim of a New Jersey pedestrian accident.
Police know who hit the young woman – the driver reported the accident to police almost immediately after it happened. What police still don’t understand, though, is how and why the victim ended up in the middle of the road.
According to law enforcement reports, the victim was alone and wearing all-dark clothing at the time of the accident. It’s unclear where she was coming from, where she was headed or what her state of mind might have been.
The Monmouth County Serious Collision Analysis Response Team is attempting to retrace the young woman’s steps that night in an effort to better understand how the accident occurred. A toxicology test was performed, but the results won’t be available for several weeks.
Police say that they do not expect to file charges against the driver.
New Jersey Pedestrian Safety
Unfortunately, New Jersey is home to a disproportionately large share of fatal and injury-causing pedestrian accidents when compared to the nation as a whole.
With summer coming, more New Jersey residents will be out walking late at night. Pedestrians can take steps to protect themselves against car accidents by following some simple safety tips to increase their visibility. For example:
- Always cross at corners instead of mid-block
- Use marked crosswalks when available
- Look left, then right, then left again before you cross
- Wear reflective or light-colored clothing
- Don’t assume that other vehicles will see or yield to you
Of course, drivers need to do their part, too. Always be on the lookout for pedestrians, and don’t forget that New Jersey law requires all motorists to stop for pedestrians in a marked crosswalk.