The victim, a 69-year-old man from Montclair NJ, died after being struck by the car, a Toyota Corolla, while crossing Broad Street in Bloomfield, NJ. The fatal accident occurred during the early morning hours.
According to Essex County prosecutors, the victim was hit by a car after exiting a restaurant, Hot Bagels Abroad & Deli. The victim then walked into the road, where he was reportedly struck by the suspect’s car.
Emergency medical responders were called to the scene; however, they were unable to save the victim, who was pronounced dead a short time after the accident.
The Bloomfield Police Department is actively investigating the fatal accident. At this time, no criminal charges have been filed in the case. Moreover, police did not issue any traffic tickets at the scene.
The driver of the vehicle that allegedly hit the suspect is a 39-year-old man from Bloomfield, New Jersey.
If the driver is eventually charged with a crime like vehicular homicide or death by auto, he would face significant penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:11-5, vehicular manslaughter can be classified as a second degree felony and carries a potential penalty of 5-10 years in NJ State Prison.
For further information about this case, read the NJ.com article entitled “Montclair Man Struck and Killed After Leaving Bloomfield Bagel Shop.”