Pedestrian Accident Still Under Investigation
Caldwell Police say woman who was struck while crossing Bloomfield Avenue on Dec. 20 was treated and released.
A woman who was struck by a car while crossing Bloomfield Avenue in Caldwell on Monday, Dec. 20 has been identified by police as a 37-year-old Caldwell resident.
According to Caldwell Police, the victim was transported from the scene to St. Joseph's Hospital in Paterson and was treated and released on Dec. 21. The woman suffered a knee injury and contusions to her head.
The investigation is ongoing and no summonses have been issued as of yet.
The pedestrian was struck while crossing from north to south at the corner of Hanford Place at approximately 6:30 p.m., according to Caldwell Police Lt. Marc Driggs. "There was no crosswalk where she was crossing," Driggs said.
The driver of the vehicle was identified by Caldwell Police as a 77-year-old man from Verona. The man's name is not being released until the report is complete, Driggs said.
"The driver said he was driving east on Bloomfield Avenue," according to Driggs. "He said he was doing about five miles per hour and he didn't see here."
According to witnesses, the woman was carrying what appeared to be groceries when she was hit.
Scott Isgett, of Rockaway, said he was having dinner with his family at Mexican Mike's when he heard a "thud." He said he went over to the window expecting to see a "fender bender" when he realized a woman had been struck. Isgett told his wife to call 911 and yelled for blankets.
Mexican blankets that decorate the restaurant were used to keep the victim warm as she lay on Bloomfield Avenue, Isgett said.
He said he helped to keep the victim from moving and tried keeping her awake. "She stayed awake," he said.
According to witnesses, the driver was an elderly man in a late-model Buick. An elderly woman was sitting in the passenger seat.
Essex Fells Police assisted with diverting traffic onto Gould Place. The eastbound side of Bloomfield Avenue was closed from Gould until the entrance of Jack's Foodtown.
The West Essex First Aid Squad treated and transported the victim.
The scene was cleared at approximately 7:05 p.m.