SOMERVILLE, NJ – Borough Police have identified the 55-year-old Somerville woman who was fatally struck by a pick-up truck on East High Street as Abigail Colon.
The woman's family has created a GoFundMe account online to pay for funeral expenses.
The accident occurred mid-block between Grove Street and Bridge Street around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in the vicinity of the Somerset County administration building complex, according to police.
The driver of the vehicle that hit the woman is a 74-year-old Bridgewater man, who told police he did not see Colon as she was crossing the street. She was not in a crosswalk, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.
The victim was transported by ambulance to nearby Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital where she died, according to police.
The driver remained at the scene; the preliminary investigation has determined drugs nor alcohol were a factor; the driver was not using a cell phone, Robertson added.
Police have not released the identity of the driver.
The Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Collision Analysis Reconstruction Team responded to the accident scene to conduct an investigation.
Somerville Police, first responders and volunteer firefighters all responded to the accident, which closed down East High Street for several hours Tuesday afternoon as the CART unit conducted its investigation.
Tuesday’s accident is the second fatality to have occurred in the vicinity of the county complex in the past 16 months.
Christine McConnachie, 52, a resident of Clinton Township in Hunterdon County, was stuck by a van while crossing Grove Street near the intersection of East Main Street in July, 2018.
Abbie Hoffman, the woman's daughter, wrote the following on the GoFundMe page:
"On Nov. 5, 2019, around 2:30 p.m., my mother Abigail was struck by a pick-up truck as she was crossing the street on her way back home. The impact was so strong that she left the world feeling no pain, and passed away instantly."
The GoFundMe link is bitly/360XDb4.
The cause of death is pending an autopsy, according to borough police.
The investigation is continuing.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Somerville Police Department at (908) 725-0331.