LACEY - Police are investigating a fatal Thanksgiving Eve crash that killed a township resident while he was trying to cross the street.
The victim, a 72-year-old resident of the Forked River area of Lacey, began to cross Beach Boulevard just after 7 p.m. Wednesday evening when he was struck by a westbound vehicle, according to a Lacey police blotter.
"Speed does not appear to be a contributing factor to the accident," police said.
The victim, whose identity was not immediately released by police, died from his injuries en route to a hospital, police said.
Neither the driver, a 19-year-old male, nor his juvenile sister - a passenger in the vehicle - were injured in the crash.
The identity of the driver was also being withheld by police. It was not immediately clear if charges were filed against him.
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According to the New Jersey State Police, 189 pedestrians have been killed in crashes across the state this year, already surpassing the total for 2019 and 2020.
The Lacey crash is under investigation by Lacey Police and the Ocean County Sheriff's Department. Anyone with information pertaining to the crash is asked to contact Lacey Police Officer Michael Baldasari at 609-693-6636, ext. 2542.
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