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Meet the Beloved Local Doctor Killed in Pedestrian-Vehicle Accident

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Dr. Jan Huston Credits: HackensackUMC Mountainside
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ESSEX FELLS, NJ - Dr. Jan Huston, 66, who was struck and killed by a vehicle while on the sidewalk near her home in Essex Fells on Tuesday morning, was the medical director of the Breast Center at HackensackUMC Mountainside in Glen Ridge.

She was rushed to the same hospital following the accident, where she died a short time later.

Huston was the founder and director of Summit Breast Care, prior to joining the Mountainside Medical Group, according to her bio.  She was trained as a general and vascular surgeon, and devoted her career to the diagnosis and treatment of breast disease.

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Huston, who dedicated her life to the service of others, had most recently been leading an initiative in collaboration with Montclair township and hospital officials to promote a spring fitness day in Montclair, set for April 22 at the Salvation Army Citadel.

Huston, is also known as the owner of the "Montclair horse," Rocky, who died last year.

According to reports, Huston was struck in the 200 block of Devon Road around 9:25 a.m., according to a statement from Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray and Essex Fells Police Chief William Theilacker, where she was pronounced dead at 9:45 a.m. Huston was reportedly walking her dog at the time.

No charges have been filed at this time in connection with the driver of the vehicle, who remained at the scene. 

The incident is under investigation.

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