UPDATE: Pedestrian Dies in North Avenue Accident, Another in Serious Condition

Police are on the scene.

Update 8:16 p.m.

Captain David Wayman of the Westfield Police Department has confirmed that a pedestrian who was struck in an accident on North Avenue West Wednesday evening has been pronounced dead at Overlook Hospital in Summit.

Another pedestrian also involved in the accident is in serious condition at Univeristy Hospital in Newark after being flown in for treatment via helicopter.

Wayman said police received a call about pedestrians being struck in a crosswalk on North Avenue West near Tuttle Parkway around 6:05 p.m. Wednesday.

According to Wayman, a man was crossing North Avenue West in the crosswalk. A car stopped for him but he was still struck, Wayman said. The driver of the car that struck him got out of the vehicle to see if he was alright and the driver was then struck by another car. Wayman said a third vehicle was also involved but fled the scene.

"We believe we know the identity of that person," Wayman said.

Police are taking statements from witnesses and investigating the crime scene with the Union County Traffic Bureau and the Union County Prosecutor's Office.

When asked if anything suspicious occurred, Wayman said: "We are going to investigate all avenues and make sure that everything is covered."

North Avenue West is closed between Dudley and the plaza intersection by the circle near East Broad Street at least until midnight.

Original Story

Westfield Police are investigating an accident on North Avenue at Tuttle Parkway where two pedestrians have been struck.

A man and a woman were transported by helicopter to a hospital, according to officials on the scene.

The helicopter was going to land at the Roosevelt Intermediate School but was redirected.

Additional details on which hospital the pedestrians were taken to or their condition is unknown at this time.

The intersection where this accident occurred has been the scene of other accidents in the past. The last pedestrian strike in this area was the summer of 2009 — the victim survived.

North Avenue has been blocked off near the Lord & Taylor in Westfield and traffic is being redirected down Charles Street.

Police are investigating and considering the accident a crime scene. As of 7:35 p.m., Union County has also arrived to set up lights and assist in the accident investigation.

Patch will continue to update this story as more details become available.

The Cynic January 27, 2012 at 12:26 AM
It is odd to me that the expert consultants who had the idea to put those atrocious speed bumps on Benson Place and Gallows Hill Road was looking in the wrong direction (they should have been removed long ago). They should have been looking at and addressing all the accident prone ones in Westfield. As far as I am concerned, the "in the middle of the block" crossing and L&T is another death ready to occur. This is not to mention all the "hell bent" drivers in town. They are so obvious and in plain sight I believe the police could nail them with ease and, in doing so, curtail the tempo of such drivers. For this to happen, the police chief will need to make it a priority. This may be the best solution. My hidden camcorder (YouTube) will provide all the evidence the chief will need. I am retired and this will be a great project. I do very good close-ups.
Sally McBride January 31, 2012 at 09:53 PM
Dude, do you post this same thing on every story? Thank god that anyone that reads this site now knows what you are like
Sally McBride January 31, 2012 at 09:54 PM
yea, it is right by the middle school (clark and e dudley). But that is the suburbs. You cannot light up the entire town. People just have to be extra careful
JERSEY GIRL February 01, 2012 at 01:05 PM
Something should be done regarding residents who live on busy streets, like North, who try to get out of their driveways, only to look in the mirrow and find a car on their "rear". Isnt that illegal? What is the rush? This town tends to feel too "entitled" and no one here can wait.. always in a rush... how about slowing it down a bit?? I hope no one every slams into the back of my car with my kids there because they cant obey the speed limit and yield to the car in front of them. Maybe PD should patrol North, South and West Broad and start issuing tickets. Drivers are not obeying the speed limits.
Wally Westfield February 01, 2012 at 05:19 PM
4. Catching police chief parizeau engaging in promiscuous activity with the "other" woman behind Manhattan bagel only to be caught by a police officer working the night shift. Rookie mistake.


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