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Hit-and-Run Driver Kills Pedestrian in North Plainfield

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NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ -  A 58-year-old man was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver early Tuesday morning on Watchung Ave.

The incident occurred at 1 a.m. as the victim, identified as Jose Humberto Burgos, a resident of Plainfield, was crossing the street, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

Burgos was transported to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital/New Brunswick where he was pronounced dead.

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Law enforcement authorities are asking for the public’s help and that if anyone who was in the area and witnessed this incident, or observed a vehicle fleeing towards Plainfield at a high rate of speed to contact the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office at (908) 231-7100 or the North Plainfield Borough Police Department at (908) 769-2937.

 Information may also be sent by text message via the STOPit app by downloading STOPit to your smartphone at Google Play or the Apple Store and enter the access code SOMERSETNJ.

Tipsters may also contact the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477) or online at www.888577tips.org or www.scpo.net and click on either “Crime Stoppers” or “TIPS HOTLINE.” All anonymous Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.

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