Official injured in Morristown crosswalk says second vehicle was an ambulance

Morris Township Committeeman Jeff Grayzel, who was struck by an SUV while in a Morristown crosswalk last month, said Wednesday that the other vehicle contributing to the accident was an ambulance that failed to yield to him.

“The second vehicle was actually an ambulance heading westbound,” said Jeff, who sustained bruises but no broken bones on Feb. 24, 2014, when by his estimate he was tossed three feet into the air by an SUV.

Previously, Jeff told MorristownGreen.com that he had been a “sitting duck” for the SUV because another vehicle traveling westbound from the Morristown Green did not stop to let him cross Washington Street near Schuyler Place.

He said he was asking police to identify and charge this second motorist, in addition to the summons already issued to the SUV driver for failing to yield to a pedestrian in a marked crosswalk.

When asked for more details, Jeff emailed that the ambulance was “so close to the scene (because they did not stop for me) that when I got hit someone yelled out ‘ambulance!’ — and they stopped and returned to the scene. That is how quickly it happened and how close they were.

“I do not recall seeing where the ambulance was from, but as I was lying on the ground I heard them say they were transporting a patient — so that when the Morristown fire department responders arrived they asked to be released from the scene. The police officer apparently did not ask them for any information even though they were at the scene.”

Jeff said he has been trying to reach Morristown police to discuss the accident, so far without success.

The scene of pedestrian accident in Morristown involving Morris Township Committeeman Jeff Grayzel. He said an ambulance also failed to yield to him in the crosswalk. Photo by Berit Ollestad

The scene of a pedestrian accident in Morristown involving Morris Township Committeeman Jeff Grayzel. He said an ambulance also failed to yield to him in the crosswalk. Photo by Berit Ollestad

 



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