A 68-year-old resident of North Brunswick was struck by a vehicle when she tried to cross Route 1 ar Deans Lane in South Brunswick at about 7 p.m. on Tuesday night.
Deborah Smick’s vehicle had become disabled in the Wendy’s Restaurant parking lot on Route 1, so she called a North Brunswick towing company. The company picked up her vehicle and brought it across the highway to a gas station. Smick was walking across the highway when she was struck by a 2016 Honda CRV driven by a 63-year-old Staten Island man.
Several witnesses reported that the traffic signal was green for Route 1 traffic when Smick began to cross the road. Investigators believe Smick may have been distracted as she began to cross the highway. The driver of the Honda who hit her stayed on the scene and cooperated with investigators, police said.
Smick was immediately provided medical aid by a passing doctor and several motorists. South Brunswick police officers, along with South Brunswick Emergency Medical Services, continued life-saving efforts but Smick was pronounced at the scene.
“The loss of life anytime is a tragedy, but I want to thank the efforts of so many who stopped to provide aid,” South Brunswick Police Chief Raymond Hayducka said.
Route 1 northbound was closed for three hours while the investigation was conducted.