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Victim of South Orange Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash Identified

From the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office:

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and South Orange Police Chief Kyle Kroll announced today that the victim in yesterday’s fatal pedestrian incident has been identified as William E. Owens, 65, of South Orange.

On Thursday at approximately 3:15 pm South Orange Police officers responded to the South Mountain train station overpass on a report of a pedestrian being struck by a vehicle which was traveling on West Montrose Ave.

When they arrived at the scene officers discovered a 2012 Nissan Versa driven by a 55-year-old woman that appeared to have exited the roadway at the crest of the hill and upon doing so struck Owens who had been walking on the sidewalk.

Owens was transported to University Hospital in Newark where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

The driver of the Nissan remained at the scene. At this time, no charges have been filed against her.

The investigation, which is being conducted by the South Orange Police Department in conjunction with the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, is active and ongoing. Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

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