NEWARK, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, and Newark Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose announced today that the Essex County Prosecutor's Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force, which includes detectives from the Newark Police Department, is investigating a fatal motor vehicle incident.

Yesterday, March 8 at approximately 6:19 a.m., a woman was struck and killed on Route 1 & 9 northbound express lanes. The victim has been identified as Diana Carolina Gonzalez-Rivera, 29, of Stamford, Connecticut. 

She was pronounced dead at 6:50 a.m. at University Hospital.

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The preliminary investigation indicates that the victim was traveling in a Honda Civic. She stepped out of her car, walked into oncoming traffic, and was struck by two cars. She was traveling with her minor son who was uninjured.

The driver of the first car stopped. Because of traffic, the second car was unable to stop immediately but contacted police.

The investigation is active and ongoing. At this time, no one has been charged.