NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Police are investigating a fatal crash that claimed the life of a 70-year-old man overnight on Saturday, June 19.
The crash occurred shortly after 9 pm when a vehicle going northbound on Somerset Street, also known as Route 27, struck the pedestrian near the intersection with Van Dyke Avenue.
According to the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, the victim was identified as Teddy Davis, a 70-year-old resident of New Brunswick.
At the scene, several items were scattered on the road near the sidewalk, including a gray shoe marked by a yellow cone with a number.
It’s unknown if Davis was crossing in the marked crosswalk at the moment of the crash. New Brunswick Today was the only media outlet on the scene.
About 100 feet ahead rested a 2009 Dodge Avenger with a broken windshield, the vehicle that was allegedly driven by Juan Gonzalez, age 43, of North Brunswick.
Gonzalez is not licensed to drive, according to prosecutors.
Gonzalez faces two charges, a third-degree charge for causing the death of Davis with an automobile, and another for driving without a license.
Davis was rushed to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
Officials did not say if Gonzalez was arrested at the scene. NBToday reached out to the Middlesex County Adult Corrections Center and was informed that no one with the defendant’s name was being held at the facility.
Authorities are still seeking the public’s help with this ongoing investigation, and anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Hector Lugo of the New Brunswick Police Department at (732) 745-5200, or Detective Jonathan Berman of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-4328.