NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A New Brunswick High School vice principal was killed when he was struck by a car that was involved in a drag race in Piscataway, authorities said.
Police are searching for the driver of a 2003 Honda Accord who fled the scene.
Tyrone Harrison, 49 of Somerset, was walking from the Edison train station to a relative’s house about 9:17 pm on Saturday on Stelton Road near Ethel Avenue when he was struck by a car, Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey and Piscataway police Chief Scott Cartmell said in a joint statement today.
Harrison was pronounced dead at the scene from the injuries he sustained in the fatal hit and run, authorities said.
They said the investigation by Piscataway Patrolwoman Meredith Robbins and Detective Jonathan Berman of the prosecutor’s office determined that multiple vehicles were drag racing at on Stelton Avenue at the time.
Investigators determined a 2003 Honda Accord struck Harrison near the intersection of Ethel Road and continued driving.
Investigators believe the drivers are part of the “78 Imports,” car club that participates in drag racing on public roads.
"This tragic death was entirely preventable and unnecessary," the prosecutor said. "Drag racing on public roads is dangerous and irresponsible. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Harrison’s family and the school community."
"As a school district, our thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Harrison’s family," New Brunswick Superintendent Dr. Aubry Johnson. "This obviously is a difficult time throughout New Brunswick Public Schools, and we’ve arranged for grief counselors to be available to students, faculty, and staff.”
Harrison had been an educator for nearly two decades, according to information from the website Project Exceed, of which he was a team member. He had previously been a math teacher.
Cartmell said that, as in most municipalities, there have been incidents of drag racing over the years, but nothing recently and nothing he could recall on Stelton Road.
Harrison had been an educator for nearly two decades, according to the website for Project Exceed, of which he was a member. He had previously been a math teacher.
New Brunswick Mayor James Cahill said Harrison "was an admired and respected member of the New Brunswick school community."
Harrison "will be remembered as a great educator and a dedicated positive role model who truly cared about each and every one of our students,” Cahill said. “His tragic passing comes as a terrible sadness, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this difficult time.”
Police are urging anyone with information regarding the incident to please contact Robbins at (732) 562-7652 or Berman at (732) 745-4328.