Pedestrian killed crossing Route 9 as deadly NJ weekend continues
SAYREVILLE — A dangerous weekend on New Jersey's roads continued as a second pedestrian killed was within 48 hours in a Middlesex County town, and several incidents on the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway
Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey said a man was killed on Route 9 in Sayreville after being struck be several vehicles on Saturday night. The man, whose identity was not disclosed, was stuck on the northbound side in front of Starbucks by a red Saturn SUV in the left lane.
The man was thrown over a jersey barrier onto the southbound side where Carey said he was struck by additional vehicles including a black Mitsubishi sedan..
Carey said police are looking for the other vehicles involved in the incident. Witnesses are asked to call Sayreville Police at 732-525-5431.
Earlier, Janina Grzelczak,69, of Brooklyn, was killed crossing Washington Road in the Parlin section on Friday night after she was hit by a Ford Explorer, according to the Prosecutor's Office. An investigation determined Grzelczak was not using a crosswalk. She was pronounced dead at Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy
Sayreville Police reported four overturned vehicles in the early hours of Saturday morning including one on Route 35 that closed the road for several hours.
There was several reported incidents on the New Jersey Turnpike between exits 7A and 6 early Sunday morning that closed several lanes. A crash on the northbound Garden State Parkway near exit 69 in Forked River also multiple closed lanes. State Police said none of the incidents appear to be serious.
The problems on the roads continued later on Sunday when a crash on Route 18 southbound knocked a utility pole over onto the roadway at Route 1, shutting down all lanes around 8:30 a.m.
Passenger Mina Salib, 46, of East Brunswick was killed on Route 18 in Colts Neck early Saturday morning when a BMW driven by Samy Yani, 46, also of East Brunswick veered off the road at the Normandy Road bridge and struck a tree on the passenger side, according to Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.
Old Bridge Police told NJ.com one person was killed early Saturday morning in another crash on Route 18 near James Avenue.
While not determined to be the cause of any of the overturns and crashes, authorities are encouraging drivers all over the state to slow down because of wet leafs on roads.
"When leaves accumulate on the roadway they become wet they become extremely slippery, so drivers have to use caution in the fall season particularly after windy days," Ocean County Sheriff Mike Mastronardy said. He compared the road surface to being like ice. He also said that leafs can cover potholes.
Mastronardy also said oils in recently paved roadways brought to the road surface by moisture can combine to create slippery conditions.