WESTFIELD, NJ — A 76-year-old man was taken to a hospital Wednesday night after being hit by a vehicle while attempting to cross South Avenue West at the intersection of Boulevard, police said.

The vehicle traveling westbound on South Avenue hit the man while he was in the crosswalk at 10:05 p.m. knocking him unconscious, Sgt. Michael Walsh said. The man also sustained cuts to his hands and head, Walsh said.

Authorities transported him to University Hospital in Newark, he said. Police issued the driver a summons for failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk, Walsh said.

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More summonses may be issued as police continue the investigation, he said. The name of the driver remained undisclosed Thursday morning. The reports were still being worked on, Walsh said.

New Jersey drivers who fail to yield to a pedestrian face two points, $200 fine and insurance surcharges.

Wednesday’s crash follows a pedestrian involved crash at the intersection of North Avenue West and Elm Street Dec. 20. In March, a car hit a man crossing at the intersection of South and Central Avenues.

Between 2013 and 2017, crashes injured 72 pedestrians and 33 bicyclists in Westfield, state data show. Thursday’s crash comes as the municipality works on plans for safer streets for which the town gathered extensive public feedback in 2018.

Email Matt Kadosh at mkadosh@tapinto.net | Twitter: @MattKadosh

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