Pequannock Pedestrian Killed in Vehicle Accident Tuesday Night

A 32 year old township man was struck and killed Tuesday night on the northbound side of the Newark Pompton Turnpike and pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the vehicle which struck him was a 57 year old woman from Towaco.  At this time, no charges have been filed and neither the identity of the driver nor the victim have been released.

There is additionally no evidence to indicate fault or whether or not alcohol played any part in the accident.  As more information becomes available it will be posted here.  Our thoughts are with the victim's family.

While we do not know the cause of the accident at this time, I'd like to take a moment to mention some of the steps that are being taken in Pequannock to increase pedestrian safety:

  • Following the Streetscape project several years ago, most of the Newark Pompton Turnpike now has well defined, uniform, and handicapped accessible sidewalks.
  • In the last 2 years, Pequannock has pursued changes to markings and walkways through the Morris County Walkable Communities program to increase pedestrian safety.  Many of these changes will become effective in 2012.
  • The Pequannock police department has performed sting operations on Newark Pompton Turnpike to ensure that vehicles are obeying pedestrian crossing laws, usually issuing warnings rather than tickets.

Christopher Lotito is a member of the Pequannock EnvironmentalHistoric District, and Flood Control Advisory Commissions as well as the author of  "Torrent," a book about flooding in the region.  Lotito's personal mission is to reduce new taxes, drastically reduce flooding, and preserve more green spaces for our children.  Christopher Lotito Profile

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