Lakewood: 5 Pedestrians Struck Within A Week, 2 Still Critical


lakewood-accidentLakewood, NJ – There have been five pedestrians struck in the township within the last week. Three of them remain in critical condition, including a 17-year-old Lakewood High School senior who was struck by a hit-and-run driver in a white Jeep Liberty.

Police are searching for the Jeep with dark bumpers and a rear- mounted covered tire that struck Jeniffer Gavilanez as she was crossing East Kennedy Boulevard at Clifton Avenue. Gavilanez was in the crosswalk when she was struck about 7:30 p.m. last Sunday.

The vehicle was captured on surveillance video just seconds before the impact, police said.

Gavilanez remains in critical condition at Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune.

More details became available Shabbos about two pedestrians who were struck, just before a third person was struck coming to their aid.

About 7:20 p.m. Thursday, two men, Charles Carter, 58, and Taulallas Johnson, 39, both living in an encampment on Cedar Bridge Avenue, walked into the side of a car that was turning left off Cedar Bridge Avenue onto Arlington Avenue, said Police Sgt. Frank Work. As the car turned, the two men walked into the side of the vehicle, Work said.

The men had minor injuries from the incident. However, Gregory Borras, 63, who is a volunteer and helps out at the encampment, saw the two men get struck and pulled his car into a parking lot nearby and was crossing Cedar Bridge Avenue when he was struck by a car. Borras remained in critical condition, officials said.

On Friday, 47-year-old Laura Russell of Lakewood was struck in the crosswalk at Lexington Avenue and East Kennedy Boulevard about 3:20 p.m.

The driver of the car that hit Russell was issued a summons for disregarding a pedestrian in a crosswalk, said Lakewood Patrolman Erik Menck.

Russell is in critical condition at Jersey Shore.


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  1. will people ever start to drive just a drop slower & more careful for the sake of human lives? will we ever learn from these tragic events? how bad does the situation need to get C”V for us to learn about safety & take extra precautions?

    MAY this be the last tragedy to occur

  2. Accidents & tradgedy happen every day all across the world. Why should Lakewood be any different? Every incident is meant for the individuals involved to look into themselvs & make a cheshbon hanefesh. What message is HKB”H sending them. Its not a silly website, to make an observation in public. I think you’re trying to paint Lakewood in a bad light. I thought Noam was going to stop this “hit & run” reporting?

  3. Driving skills, techniques and knowledge of rules and regulations is at the lowest point among TRI-STATE drivers.
    Never ever continue driving or turning if there are pedestrians in the crosswalk,,even if they move like snails..

  4. The Gedolie Yisroel should have a Citifield-like asifa about the dangers of using a cell phone while driving. When visiting many Frum areas in the Tri-state area, I am shocked to see so many Frum drivers talking on their cell phones while driving.
    This is at least as much Pikuach Nefesh as the internet, perhaps more so.

  5. instead of waisting money to place a traffic light by Pine and Avenue of america they should get the town some street lights.

  6. if some streetlights were installed in a town that has turned into a city, it might just help. but never mind.