SOMERVILLE, N.J. – A 65-year-old bicyclist ignored a red light Tuesday morning and was struck in the crosswalk by an SUV traveling east on West High Street at the intersection of North Bridge Street in front of the Somerset County Prosecutors' Office, according to a borough police officer who witnessed the accident.
The bicyclist, a Somerville resident, was treated at the scene by the police officer and other emergency personnel before he was transported to nearby Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital/Somerset, suffering from trauma to the head, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson. He is expected to survive.
The 75-year-old driver of the SUV, also from Somerville, was not injured and remained at the scene after the collision.
"Preliminary investigation shows that the bicyclist disregarded a red traffic signal and entered the intersection riding into the path of the operator of the motor vehicle," according to the Prosecutor's office.
The accident occurred at 10:40 a.m., according to Robertson. Detours were set up diverting traffic from North Bridge Street and West High Street while police conducted their investigation afterwards.
Robertson provided the following account:
"A Somerville Police Officer while on patrol observed a motor vehicle crash involving a vehicle and a bicyclist at the intersection of North Bridge Street and West High Street. The collision involved a seventy-five (75) year old male Somerville resident who was operating a 2019 Honda CRV eastbound on West High Street.
"As the operator of the vehicle properly traveled through the intersection of North Bridge Street with a green traffic signal he struck a sixty-five (65) year old Somerville male resident who was riding a bicycle south bound on North Bridge Street."
Investigators from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Collision Analysis Reconstruction Team (CART) along with Somerville Police detectives responded to conduct the investigation.
Robertson requests anyone with information relating to this incident to contact the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office at (908) 231-7100 or the Somerville Police Department at (908) 725-0331 or via the STOPit app.
The STOPit app allows citizens to provide anonymous reports including videos and photos. STOPit can be downloaded to your smart phone for free at the Google Play Store or Apple App Store, access code: SOMERSETNJ.
Information can also be provided through the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477). All anonymous STOPit reports and Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.