EDISON, NJ - A 62-year-old employee of a pavement marking company died early Friday after he was hit by a vehicle on Route 1 North near Forest Haven Boulevard, according to Edison police.

The employee of Statewide Striping Corp., Parsippany, was crossing Route 1 in the designated crosswalk at 4:40 a.m. when he was hit by an oncoming Suzuki SUV, said Sgt. David Stern, the investigating officer.

The name of the victim, a Riverdale resident, was not released pending notification to his family, police said. His employer is a state Department of Transportation contractor hired to paint markings on a recently repaved section of Route 1.

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Traffic was snarled during the rush hour commute as authorities closed a portion of Route 1 during the investigation.

Police have not charged the SUV driver, a 52-year-old Morrisville, Pa. man, but the accident investigation is continuing. Anyone with information about this incident should call the Edison Police Department at (732) 248-7400.

Emergency medical personnel from JFK Hospital, the State Police, state Transportation Department personnel and the Middlesex County Medical Examiner’s Office responded to the accident scene, police said.