HACKENSACK – A 48-year-old Hackensack man was taken to the hospital after being struck by a car Wednesday night on River Street, according to police.

Around 10:25 p.m., officers were called to the area of River and Anderson streets, where they found a man lying in the road with facial injuries, Police Capt. Nicole Foley said in a news release.

Though he was conscious and alert, he was confused and unable to recall what happened, Foley said.

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The driver of the car involved, a 37-year-old Hackensack man, told officers that the vehicle in front of him came to an abrupt stop and in order to avoid a crash, he swerved right, which is where he wound up striking a pedestrian who was in the middle of the lane and wearing dark clothing, Foley said.

The impact of the collision sent the pedestrian over the hood and into the windshield, she said. He was transported to Hackensack University Medical Center for treatment, Foley said. 

Further investigation revealed that the pedestrian was trying to walk his bicycle across River Street just south of the nearest crosswalk at Anderson Street and didn’t have the right of way, she said.

No summonses have been issued at this time, however Foley noted the investigation is still ongoing.