On Oct. 28, 2011, a Rider University student from Mount Olive struck a 54-year-old pedestrian on Parkside Avenue in Ewing. In November 2013, she told prosecutors that although she saw the man at the last moment, she failed to avoid the collision before panicking and fleeing the scene.
Investigators are still trying to determine what led an elderly driver outside of a New Jersey Trader Joe's to strike an employee with her car on Nov. 13. At the time of the accident, the employee had been arranging shopping carts in front of the store. After being hit, the victim was pinned between the shopping carts and vehicle. According to witnesses at the scene, the driver sat in her vehicle in stunned silence after the crash.
New data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration showed a disturbing trend throughout the United States. Hit-and-run auto accidents and fatalities were on the rise across the country, causing legislators in some states to consider toughening laws against such behavior following a crash.
During the early morning hours of Nov., a 20-year-old man allegedly caused a car accident in Mahwah that resulted in the injury of two other individuals. The Ramapo College student was reportedly driving on Woods Road when he veered into oncoming traffic and rammed into a southbound vehicle head-on.