SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The victim in Thursday's fatal pedestrian incident has been identified as William E. Owens, age 65, of South Orange, announced Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and South Orange Police Chief Kyle Kroll in a statement released on Friday.
At about 3:15 p.m. on Thursday, South Orange police officers responded to the South Mountain train station overpass on a report of a pedestrian being struck by a vehicle, which was traveling on West Montrose Avenue.
When officers arrived at the scene they found that a a 2012 Nissan Versa driven by a 55-year-old woman appeared to have exited the roadway at the crest of the hill, and upon doing so, struck Owens who had been walking on the sidewalk, according to the statement today from Murray and Kroll.
Owens was transported to University Hospital in Newark where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
The driver of the Nissan remained at the scene. At this time, no charges have been filed against her.
The investigation, which is being conducted by the South Orange Police Department in conjunction with the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, is active and ongoing.