Pedestrian killed by hit-and-run driver in Trenton

A pedestrian was struck and killed by a motorist Sunday night and police are searching for the driver.

This is the second hit-and-run accident to occur in Trenton this year.

Officials say a vehicle struck a 61-year-old man in the 400 block of Chambers Street around 10:20 p.m. Sunday.

“The victim was in the roadway when a vehicle struck him and continued without stopping,” Lt. Stephen Varn said.

Officials say the victim was in the middle of the westbound lane when the vehicle, which was traveling west, struck him.

The victim suffered severe injuries and later died at the hospital.

If the driver of the vehicle is apprehended, he or she will likely be charged with death by auto because they fled the scene after the accident.

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.

Earlier this year, 39-year-old Lea Pringle was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver in the 600 block of North Olden Avenue. A 17-year-old unlicensed city girl was arrested last week and charged with death by auto and related offenses in connection with Pringle’s death.

Anyone with information about Sunday’s fatal hit-and-run is asked to call police at 609-989-4155.

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