Lakewood, NJ – Pedestrian Fatally Struck In Lakewood Identified

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    Lakewood, NJ – A 61 year old man who was struck and killed by an SUV as he crossed the street in Lakewood was identified as Perets Schinerman.

    Al Della Fave of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office reported that Schinerman was crossing County Road 528, New Egypt Road, just east of the Hillside Boulevard crosswalk at approximately 7:43 PM when he was struck by the front passenger side of an eastbound Kia Sportage. The driver of the SUV, 30 year old Michael Thomas Wood Jr. of Lakehurst, remained at the scene.

    Schinerman, who recently moved from Israel, was taken to Kimball Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 8:11 PM.

    Della Fave told VIN News that it is unknown at this time if speed was a factor in the accident or whether Wood was under the influence of drugs or alcohol or using his cell phone at the time of the fatal collision.

    “It is all part of the current investigation,” Della Fave told VIN News. “We are not prepared to comment on that yet.”

    Last night’s accident is not Wood’s first brush with law enforcement. In 2011 he was arrested and charged with simple assault of a police officer who was attempting to mediate a domestic dispute as reported by the Lakehurst Patch (http://bit.ly/2maLJR2). Wood was processed and released on a summons in that incident.

    Wood’s vehicle was impounded by authorities pending a search warrant.

    Della Fave said that Lakewood Police Department, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office and the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department Crime Scene Investigation unit are all cooperating on the investigation.

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    3 COMMENTS

    1. This is too much already, all people walking at night must wear reflective belts so cars can see them, enough is enough, we must take action to protect ourselves.

    2. I agree with #2; pedestrians must take responsibility for their safety and welfare. They cannot at any time assume that a car will stop for them, or even see them, especially at night, or in inclement weather conditions. Also, just because a pedestrian has a green light, or the right of way, he/she should not assume that a car will stop for him/her. I’ve observed many pedestrians, who cross major intersections, and don’t even look to see if a car is coming. They somehow think that because they have a green light, that they are immune to danger. Also, I’ve seen a number of pedestrians texting while crossing the street. It is an idiotic habit to engage in, especially when crossing a large intersection. Last, if an intersection is unprotected, a pedestrian should wait (even five minutes, if necessary), to make sure that there is no traffic in close proximity. A car can be several hundred feet away. However, by a time a pedestrian gets to the middle of an intersection, a speeding car, can close that gap, very quickly.

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