Two pedestrians were injured, with one remaining in critical condition, after being struck by cars while crossing the street in West New York and North Bergen, respectively, this week, police said.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
On Tuesday at 12:18 p.m., a 75-year-old woman was hit by a jitney bus as she was crossing the street near the intersection of 53rd Street and Bergenline Avenue, according to Police Sgt. Michael Clement.
The bus driver, 51, said the elderly woman walked in front of the bus when the traffic light was green. However, two witnesses to the accident said that the jitney bus driver ran the red light, authorities said.
The victim sustained minor injuries to the right side of her head as a result of the incident and was transported to the Jersey City Medical Center. She has since been released from the hospital, officials said.
The driver was issued a summons for failure to yield to a pedestrian.
Then, yesterday at 4:15 p.m., a 55-year-old woman was struck by a 2003 Chevrolet Astro van – driven by a man from Easton, Pennsylvania – while crossing the intersection near John F. Kennedy Boulevard and 45th Street in North Bergen, according to Hudson County Sheriff Frank Schillari.
The victim was transported to Jersey City Medical Center by North Bergen EMS and Jersey City Medical Center paramedics and remains in critical condition as of late last night, officials said.
Additionally, no charges have been filed against the driver as of today.
The North Bergen Police Department and Hudson County Sheriff’s Office Crash Investigation Unit are currently investigating the accident using evidence collected at the scene and video surveillance from nearby buildings to determine who had right of way when the accident occurred, authorities said.