WESTFIELD, NJ — On Oct. 31 at 6:15 p.m., two teenage boys were struck by a pickup truck at S. Chestnut Street and Lenox Avenue, according to the police report and one of the boys’ mothers, Kathy Sanders.
The 14-year-olds were on their way to a Halloween party with friends when they were struck by a white Dodge Dakota pickup truck while crossing S. Chestnut Street.
According to the police report driver Bruce Trano, 38, of Garwood was driving north on S. Chestnut Street. Trano told police that he did not see the pedestrians at first because of their dark clothes and poor street lighting. Upon observing them, Trano said he attempted to stop his vehicle but, due to a wet roadway, was unable to stop in time and struck the boys.
Witness Jeremy Stanek was driving behind Trano at the time of the accident and confirmed Trano’s statement, according to the report.
The Westfield Rescue Squad responded to the scene and treated the boys for pain in their lower extremities.
Both boys were taken by their parents to Overlook Hospital and released, Sanders told TAP. Both children suffered multiple contusions. One boy suffered a knee injury and required the use of crutches for several days.
Sanders said she was thankful the boys were not hurt worse.
"My son is very lucky. That's the main thing to me," said Sanders.
At about the same time on Oct. 31, a girl was hit by a car on Dudley Ave. To read that story, click here. And on Nov. 4, a pedestrian crossing on Central Avenue was hit by two cars. To read that story, click here.