A young woman was killed this morning near Route 495 West, on the Union City-Weehawken border, and at least for now, the driver is not facing any charges, according to Hudson County Sheriff Frank Schillari.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
At about 7:20 a.m., a female pedestrian was hit by a dump truck on Route 495 West and the Port Authority police responded to the accident – immediately performing CPR on the victim, Port Authority police spokesman Joe Pentangelo said.
The woman was then transported to the Jersey City Medical Center where she was pronounced dead, officials said.
The Hudson County Sheriff’s Office is handling the accident investigation, and according to Sheriff Frank Schillari, the dump truck was driven by Jhobany Cruz, 40 of Philadelphia, PA – he said in a statement.
Cruz was making the right turn on to the marginal highway from Pleasant Avenue while the female – in her late 20s or early 30s who has not been identified – had the cross signal and the driver had a green light. Additionally, Cruz has a valid Pennsylvania commercial driver’s license, authorities said.
Schillari also stated that the truck is being weighed and inspected by the Hudson County Sheriff’s Crash Investigation Unit, as well as the Commercial Vehicle Inspection Unit of the Bergen County Sheriff’s Department, to determine if there were any mechanical failures and if the truck was overloaded.
“We do not believe speed or cell phone usage were a factor in the incident. Investigators are currently interviewing several witnesses and are viewing security footage in the area,” Schillari also noted.
Although no charges have been filed at this time, the accident remains under investigation, officials said.