A cement truck that was driving through the intersection of Nassau Street and Washington Road struck a pedestrian just before 5 p.m. on Tuesday. Emergency workers attempted to performed CPR on the pedestrian, who died at the scene.
Police identified the victim as Leslie Goodrich Rubin, 62, of Nassau Street. Rubin was walking in an unknown direction in the crosswalk on Washington Road at Nassau Street when the cement truck, driven by Ralph Allen, turned left onto Washington Road from Nassau Street and struck her.
Rubin, a scholar and teacher, was the wife of Charles Rubin, a visiting scholar in the James Madison Program at Princeton University. She and her husband have two grown children. The Rubins are from Pittsburgh, where both taught political science at Duquesne University.
Princeton University Professor Robert George wrote about the death on social media last night. The Rubins had sat in on one of his lectures earlier in the day. “Little did I know that this would be the last time I would see her,” he wrote. “This news is simply devastating, not only for Charlie, a person whom all of us in the Madison Program cherish and hold in the highest esteem, but for the entire Madison Program family. We are in shock.”
Police are seeking witnesses who saw the incident. If you have information, please call Sgt. Thomas Murray of the Princeton Police Department at 609-921-2100, ext. 1879.
The intersection is considered one of the most dangerous in Princeton. The state recently made changes to traffic signals at Nassau Street and Washington Road/Vandeventer Avenue to try to address some of the problems at the intersection. Driver and pedestrian inattention has also been an ongoing issue in town.