Lakewood, 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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