Police: Mother, baby were outside crosswalk when struck by taxi in Morristown


A mother pushing a baby stroller across Martin Luther King Avenue on Monday evening was about 30 feet beyond a crosswalk when she and her baby were struck by a taxi, according to Morristown police.

Mother and child sustained abrasions in the collision, police said.

“I believe this crash was caused by the actions of the pedestrian,” concluded Police Office Carmen Caponegro, who investigated the accident near the intersection of MLK and Willow Street.

morristown police badgeThe pedestrian, Mary Ramos-Guzman, 23, of Morristown, was struck by the center bumper and thrown against the windshield of a Dodge Caravan taxi driven by George Wilkerson, 44, of Morris Plains.

The woman was lying unconscious on the street in front of the vehicle when Officer Caponegro arrived at 6:16 pm. The woman’s one-year-old son, David Hernandez, was seated in the center of the street, crying.

Mother and son were attended to by the Morristown Ambulance Squad and the Mobile Intensive Care Unit from Morristown Medical Center, and transported to the hospital.

Initially, police believed that the baby escaped injury. But further investigation revealed that the baby’s stroller was struck by the left front bumper, and the baby sustained abrasions on the right side of his head and on his right leg, according to the police report.

His mother sustained abrasions and complained of a headache and a painful left leg, the report stated. She told police she had been crossing inside the crosswalk, but she could not remember anything after the collision.

Officer Caponegro estimated the Caravan, owned by John’s Taxi of Morristown, was traveling 25 mph at the time of the accident.  The northbound driver hit the brakes–a witness told police he heard screeching tires–but it was too late.

The vehicle appeared to be in good working order, Officer Caponegro said, and the driver submitted urine and blood samples for analysis.

The driver and two witnesses told the officer that they thought the victims were not within the marked crosswalk when the accident occurred.

Based on that testimony and the locations where he found the mother and child, the officer estimated they were about 30 feet north of the crosswalk when they were hit.

The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office assisted in the investigation.


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