SUMMIT, NJ, February 6, 2023– Summit Police Department responded to a report of a pedestrian being struck by a motor vehicle on Summit Avenue between Broad Street and Industrial Place at approximately 6:39AM this morning.
When officers arrived, there was no one at the scene. Within minutes, they received a report of an intoxicated male staggering on the Village Green. Upon investigation, they found a 32-year-old Summit resident who reported being struck by a vehicle sustaining a minor leg injury. The victim was unable to provide officers with a clear description of the incident, or the vehicle make and model. He described the driver as an overweight Hispanic male around 40 years of age.
The victim was taken to Overlook Medical Center by the Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad for evaluation.
Video surveillance footage obtained by the Summit Police Department shows a partial view of the driver of the vehicle proceeding south on Summit Avenue toward Morris Avenue at a low rate of speed when he struck the victim who was crossing the street. It is unclear from the video if the victim was in a crosswalk or if the driver violated any motor vehicle laws. The driver initially remained on the scene getting out of the car to speak to the victim and assist him in getting out of the roadway. When the victim continued walking to the Village Green, he drove away.
The incident is under investigation by the Summit Police Department Traffic Safety Bureau. Police detectives are asking for help to identify the driver and vehicle. Anyone with information or recorded home video surveillance footage of the accident should contact detectives at 908-277-9400.
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