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.