LIVINGSTON, NJ — Although Livingston police were pleased to announce that there were no vehicle burglaries or thefts in the week since the department responded to two burglaries and assisted in the pursuit of a stolen vehicle that resulted in an arrest, Livingston officers had a busy week of vehicle accidents that included some injuries.
At approximately 3:59 p.m. on Monday, officers arrived at the scene of an accident at Hillside Avenue near Belmont Drive to discover that one vehicle had left the road, knocked down a sign and hit a tree. The drive, a 45-year-old West Orange woman, was traveling north on Hillside Avenue when she suffered an apparent medical episode.
According to police, the vehicle drifted into the oncoming lane and struck a vehicle being operated by a 44-year-old Livingston man. She then swerved right and left the roadway, hitting a sign and a tree. The driver was transported to the hospital for evaluation.
Later that day, at approximately 12:27 p.m., a contractor van loaded with bags on concrete mix was attempting to cross a bridge into a private driveway at on East Northfield Road when the weight of the van caused one rear wheel to break through the wooden decking. According to police, the vehicle became lodged in the bridge, but a tow truck was able to extricate it.
Officials from the Livingston Building Department officials inspected the bridge and deemed it unsafe. The bridge was closed until repairs can be made.
On Friday, at approximately 11:55 a.m., a 63-year-old Hawthorne woman was traveling southbound on Eisenhower Parkway at Executive Parkway when she collided at the intersection with another vehicle operated by a 76-year-old man from South Amboy.
According to responding police, the female driver said she had trouble seeing the traffic light because of sun glare, but thought she had a green light. The male drive, who was crossing Eisenhower from Executive Parkway, said he had been waiting at the light and proceeded when the his light turned green. The female received a summons following the collision.
A day earlier, at approximately 10:37 a.m., a New Jersey Transit bus being operated by a 36-year-old Irvington became involved in an accident as it entered the Livingston Mall from a jug handle on Eisenhower Parkway. A second driver, 51, of Montclair, who was operating a 2003 VW Beetle, was traveling southbound on Eisenhower and was unable to stop for red light. According to police, the driver claimed the car slid on wet pavement.
The driver of the Beetle received a summons, and both drivers were transported to the hospital on the complaint of injury.
On Oct. 2, at approximately 5:41 p.m. a 17-year-old teen from Livingston received a summons after a motor vehicle accident on West Northfield and Crescent Road. According to police, an eastbound vehicle stopped in the fast lane to allow him to turn left into Crescent Road, but as he began to turn, the two vehicles collided. The driver of the second vehicle, a 78-year-old woman from Irvington, and her passenger were transported to the hospital for treatment of possible injuries.
In other Livingston police news, the department has announced the next five streets that the department will concentrate on as part of its ongoing effort to enhance traffic enforcement on “problem streets” while also educating the public about them.
From Oct. 11 to Oct. 18, 2019, there will be an enhanced police presence on E. Cedar St., Bryant Dr., Hillside Terr., Hazel Ave. and Sandalwood Dr.
Until then, police continue to concentrate on Longacre Dr., Sycamore Ave., Laurel Ave., N. Hillside Ave. and Hazelwood Ave.