SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Last evening a pedestrian was struck and killed by a car while crossing New Brunswick Avenue between the Pepsi Plant and the 2105 Shopping Plaza located on New Brunswick Avenue. Police have identified the victim as 62-year-old Maria Ruiz of Bergenfield. Ruiz was struck by a 2005 Toyota Corolla operated by Piyush Patel of Edison.
According to South Plainfield Police, Ruiz suffered multiple injuries and was transported via rescue squad to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, where she died a short time later.
Police are still investigating the circumstances regarding the accident, but so far no charges have been filed against the driver. The vehicle has been impounded for further investigation.
The accident occurred around 7 p.m. Thursday evening. New Brunswick Avenue was closed for a period of time last night as authorities investigated the accident scene.
South Plainfield Police Chief James Parker said, “This seems to be just a terrible accident, but we will continue to investigate the circumstances of what happened.”
South Plainfield Mayor Matthew P. Anesh said, "My prayers and thoughts go out to the family of Maria Ruiz. It appears this was just an accident, but the consequences could not be any worse.”
Anyone with additional information should contact Lieutenant David DeLair at (908) 226-7679 or Officer James McConville at (908) 226-7678.