NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A New Brunswick High School vice principal was killed when he was struck by a car that was involved in a drag race in Piscataway, authorities said.
Police are searching for the driver of a 2003 Honda Accord who fled the scene.
Tyrone Harrison, 49 of Somerset, was walking from the Edison train station to a relative’s house about 9:17 pm on Saturday on Stelton Road near Ethel Road when he was struck by a car, Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey and Piscataway police Chief Scott Cartmell said in a joint statement today.
Harrison was pronounced dead at the scene from the injuries he sustained in the fatal hit and run, authorities said.
They said the investigation by Piscataway Patrolwoman Meredith Robbins and Detective Jonathan Berman of the prosecutor’s office determined that multiple vehicles were drag racing at on Stelton Road at the time.
Investigators determined a 2003 Honda Accord struck Harrison near the intersection of Ethel Road and continued driving.
Investigators believe the drivers are part of the “78 Imports,” car club that participates in drag racing on public roads.
"This tragic death was entirely preventable and unnecessary," the prosecutor said. "Drag racing on public roads is dangerous and irresponsible. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Harrison’s family and the school community."
"As a school district, our thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Harrison’s family," New Brunswick Superintendent Dr. Aubry Johnson. "This obviously is a difficult time throughout New Brunswick Public Schools, and we’ve arranged for grief counselors to be available to students, faculty, and staff.”
Police are urging anyone with information regarding the incident to please contact Robbins at (732) 562-7652 or Berman at (732) 745-4328.