The tragic accident occurred when the victim, a 69-year-old man from Montclair, tried to cross Broad Street in Bloomfield, New Jersey. It was early morning and the victim had just left Hot Bagels Abroad & Deli.
As the victim walked into the road, he was fatally struck by a Toyota Corolla.
Emergency medical responders arrived at the scene a short time later, but they were unable to save the victim. The victim was pronounced dead shortly after the accident.
The Bloomfield Police Department is currently investigating the fatal crash. At this time, police have not filed any criminal charges against the driver. Police have also yet to issue any traffic tickets in the case.
The driver of the vehicle that allegedly crashed into the suspect is a 39-year-old man who lives in Bloomfield, New Jersey.
If prosecutors do eventually decide to charge the suspect with a crime like vehicular homicide or death by auto, he would be subject to severe penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:11-5, vehicular manslaughter can potentially be classified as a second degree crime. A conviction for second degree vehicular manslaughter could lead to a sentence of 5-10 years in New Jersey State Prison.
For additional information about this case, check out the NJ.com article entitled “Montclair Man Struck and Killed After Leaving Bloomfield Bagel Shop.”