Woman Struck By Car On River Road; Driver Flees Scene
Female pedestrian struck by car in a hit and run accident on River Road near Shop Rite; police searching for driver.
An unidentified woman was struck by what witnesses described as a gray two-door Hyundai Tiburon at the intersection of River Road and Dilworth Road near Shop Rite at approximately 11pm Tuesday.
Eyewitness John Hann was driving in the southbound lane on River Road in the steady rain Tuesday night when he noticed that a female pedestrian walking on the opposite side of the street had stepped off the sidewalk as a car traveling northbound on River Road was driving "fast" and "very close to the curb."
"I beeped my horn to warn her," Hann said. "She looked behind her, but it was too late. The car hit her."
According to Hann, the car was traveling at a fast speed, "around 50 miles, maybe more," when the driver braked in an attempt to avoid hitting the woman. However, given the speed of the car and the slick road conditions, Hann said the woman was thrown upon impact. He pointed to the spot where the car had skidded to a stop, approximately 200 feet away from where the woman was struck.
"The car stopped and just stayed there for a few minutes," Hann recalled. "I was going to run over and get the license plate number, but I went to check on the woman first and then I watched as the car sped away."
"It all happened so fast," he added.
Although Hann was unable to get a license plate number, he did notice that the car had New Jersey plates.
He was also able to identify the model of the car. "I know it was a Hyundai," he said. "I'm pretty sure it was a Tiburon because I noticed the spoiler on the back of the car and Tiburon's have that same rear spoiler."
From the impact of the collision, police found the car's right sideview mirror on the ground not far from the scene of the impact.
The woman, whom witnesses said appeared to be in her mid-40's, was conscious but in a great deal of pain when the New Milford Volunteer Ambulance Corps arrived to transport her to the hospital. Her condition is unknown at this time.
The incident remains under investigation by the New Milford Police Department. If you have any information regarding this hit and run accident, please contact the New Milford Police Department at 201-261-1400.