An East Orange woman lost her life while walking with her young son Monday morning. The 21-year-old woman was struck by a Coach USA bus near an intersection in East Orange around 7:00 a.m. Monday. The young mother was walking with her 3-year-old son at the time of the pedestrian accident. Authorities say that the young boy was not injured in the crash; however, authorities transported the boy to the hospital after the accident.
The fatal pedestrian accident was reported near the intersection of Main and South Harrison streets, according to Essex County prosecutors. The bus driver stopped at the scene and no charges have been filed. Details surrounding the incident remain sketchy. Authorities still have the fatal accident under investigation.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that fatalities in pedestrian accidents have been on the rise in recent years across the country. The federal safety agency says that in 2010, 4,280 pedestrians were killed and an additional 70,000 pedestrians were injured in accidents across the country. The NHTSA says that 139 people died in pedestrian accidents in New Jersey in 2010. As this blog reported in early January, State Police report that 144 people were killed in Ohio pedestrian accidents last year.
The NHTSA says that the statistics show an unfortunate rising trend in pedestrian accidents. However, the agency says that the statistical data remains too fresh to draw any reasonable conclusions to explain recent spikes in injuries and fatalities occurring across the country in pedestrian accidents.