Pedestrian killed where man lost leg in Trenton crash

Police guard the scene of a hit-and-run fatality Tuesday morning. (Penny Ray - Trentonian)

Police guard the scene of a hit-and-run fatality Tuesday morning. (Penny Ray - Trentonian)

UPDATE: The victim has been identified as Lea Pringle, of Yardley, Pennsylvania.

The capital city has experienced a deadly 24-hour period.

A 39-year-old woman from Pennsylvania was struck by a hit-and-run driver Tuesday morning and later died at the hospital.

The accident happened in nearly the exact same spot where a man lost his leg Sunday morning after an alleged drunk driver hit and pinned him between two cars.

A man who identified himself as the manager of Benny’s bar near the location of both accident scenes said, “They speed too much. The sign says 25 mph and they be doing 50 mph.”

Officials say Tuesday’s hit-and-run happened around 12:30 a.m. in the 600 block of North Olden Avenue.

Based on evidence left at the scene, police believe the driver was in a silver Saturn with black pinstriping. Officials expect the car will have heavy front-end damage.

If the driver of the vehicle is apprehended, he or she will likely be charged with death by auto.

According to the New Jersey State Police Uniform Crime Reporting Unit, vehicular homicides are considered manslaughter and are, therefore, not reported as a homicide statistic.

The Trentonian, however, includes death by auto and justifiable police shootings in its yearly homicide count.

Two serious automobile accidents have occurred outside of Benny’s bar within the past three days. On Sunday morning, a 30-year-old man was standing outside of his car near Benny’s, as if he was about to enter the vehicle, when Ivelisse Bassat allegedly sped through the area, lost control of her car and hit both the victim and his legally parked Chevy Camaro. The victim’s left leg was severed from his body after being pinned between the two vehicles.

Police were still guarding the site of the hit-and-run crash Tuesday afternoon, 12 hours after the accident. Perhaps the police presence also controlled the speed of traffic in the area.

They go too fast up and down that bridge,” the bar manager said.

So far this year, four people have been killed in the capital city. Monday night, 35-year-old Christopher Johnson from South Brunswick was stabbed to death inside a Brookville Commons apartment. His girlfriend Briann Lindsey was charged in connection with his murder.

Anyone with information about the hit-and-run fatality is asked to call police at 609-989-4155.

The victim’s identity is being withheld pending family notification.

A local resident says motorists continually speed across this bridge in the 600 block of North Olden Avenue. (Penny Ray - Trentonian)

A local resident says motorists continually speed across the bridge in the 600 block of North Olden Avenue. (Penny Ray - Trentonian)

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