Update: Berkeley Heights Woman, 75, Struck By Vehicle on Morris Avenue

The woman sustained a minor injury and was transported to a local hospital.

Update: 11 p.m.

A 75-year-old woman from Berkeley Heights was struck by a motor vehicle near Marco Polo Restaurant on Morris Avenue in Summit this evening, said Robert Weck, Summit Police Chief.

Weck said she sustained an injury to her finger and there were no other reported injuries.

The woman was transported to a local hospital, Weck said, and the cause of this accident is under investigation by Summit Police Traffic Personnel.

Original Story

An elderly woman was struck by a truck near 515 Morris Ave. just after 6:30 p.m. this evening, according to unconfirmed reports.

A Summit Police Department Dispatcher did confirm that there was an accident on Morris Avenue, but could not provide additional information.

Police are shutting down Morris Avenue between Lafayette Avenue and Aubrey Street, according to unconfirmed reports. Also, an accident investigation team was requested and the status of the patient is unknown at this time.

Editor's note: Summit Patch will continue to update this story as more information becomes available. If you have an eyewitness report of the accident or any photos of the scene that you'd like to share on Summit Patch, please email caitlin.mahon@patch.com.

David Trindell December 08, 2012 at 02:06 PM
It's surprising there aren't more accidents and injuries at that location. While the details of this incident haven't been released, anyone who has ever tried to pull out of Aubrey Street knows what the problems are: Cars in front of La Focaccia parked (illegally) right up to the corner of Aubrey Street obstruct the view of drivers entering onto Morris from Aubrey; Parents picking up their kids from the Dance studio parked (illegally) directly in front of the studio makes it very difficult for anyone to make a left turn onto Morris from Aubrey, because of the reduced space and the dance studio drivers pulling out in front of them; The cars parked directly over or adjacent to the Morris Avenue crosswalk, giving poor visibility to the many pedestrians crossing back and forth to La Focaccia and the dance studio; Cars right at the corner of Aubrey Street next to La Focaccia stopped to drop-off or pick-up passengers or actually parked, along with delivery trucks for Marco Polo (parked illegally) directly across on Aubrey. Add to these problems the curve in the road and the relatively high speed of the cars, which make the limited sight lines and distances even more problematic, and it's easy to see why a report of an accident here shouldn't come as a surprise. (cont'd)
David Trindell December 08, 2012 at 02:07 PM
(cont'd)While most of these problems relate to illegal parking, the yellow-painted curbing which is supposed to indicate "no parking" areas is no longer present, having been worn away over time--The remnants of the yellow paint can be seen if one looks closely enough. Additionally, the "no parking here to corner" sign, which used to be in place on the La Focaccia side of Morris Ave., was never re-installed after it was taken down during renovations years ago. Add to this an almost total lack of enforcement, and you have a very bad situation which is only getting worse. Hopefully this recent accident will serve as a wake-up call and spur the City to take appropriate action (which might mean getting the County to act, since Morris Avenue is, I believe, a county road).
AStar Gazer December 10, 2012 at 09:45 AM
Well said. Also, crosswalk stripping is missing.
Jonathan Scales December 10, 2012 at 01:02 PM
I walk across Morris Ave at this spot a lot and I usually run across even if I don't see cars coming...it's very dangerous there and as said above, the dance school pick-ups/drop-offs are a huge part of the problem. As also stated above, you can barely get a car through that area when there is a delivery truck parked on the side of the road. As Merck moves more employees to Summit, that area is going to get A LOT worse...something needs to happen
Matthew Minthorn December 10, 2012 at 02:00 PM
They need to install a crosswalk there, and need to do something. Its so dangerous, because just like on Morris Ave, cars come flying and they don't stop for anyone. They need more police or a sign that says "Watch out for Perdestrains."


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