Pedestrian accident and ‘drive-through’ storefront crash have kept police busy in Morristown

This vacant Market Street storefront sustained heavy damage when a car sailed through it. The incident remains under investigation. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
This vacant Market Street storefront sustained heavy damage when a car sailed through it. The incident remains under investigation. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
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Area of pedestrian accident in Morristown, March 28, 2015. Image: Google Earth
Area of pedestrian accident in Morristown, March 28, 2015. TD Bank is to the left; Valley National Bank driveway is to the right. Image: Google Earth

Talk about twin strokes of luck.

A car that blind-sided a Morristown pedestrian on Saturday was traveling slow.  And nobody was home when another vehicle turned a storefront into a drive-through early on Thursday.

As a precaution, a 62-year-old Morristown man was taken to the hospital after being struck at low speed by a car exiting a driveway onto South Street, police said.

The victim had been walking in front of the 10 Madison Ave. complex around 11:13 am on March 28, 2015, when he was hit by a Toyota Prius driven by Juan Medina, 35, of South Orange, said Police Lt. Stuart Greer.

Medina told Officer Brendan Murphy that he was pulling out of the complex to turn onto South Street and did not see the pedestrian prior to the accident, according to Lt. Greer.  The driver was issued a ticket for failing to yield to a pedestrian.

An ambulance crew from the Morristown Fire Department transported the victim to Morristown Medical Center.  The man complained of minor pain in his shoulder, back and leg; he was taken to the emergency department for precautionary evaluation, Greer said.

Meanwhile, authorities are investigating details surrounding a vehicle that drove through a vacant storefront early on Thursday.

This vacant Market Street storefront sustained heavy damage when a car sailed through it. The incident remains under investigation. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
This vacant Market Street storefront sustained heavy damage when a car sailed through it. The incident remains under investigation. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

The vehicle came down Maple Avenue and kept going at the T intersection, through the window of the former Accents on Knits store at 55 Market St., said building owner Harry Simon.  It happened around 1 am, he said, though he did not discover it until he came to work in the morning at his Simon Gallery.

“I got a call from a friend of mine… he asked me if I saw the knitting shop,” Simon recounted. “I said no. He said, ‘You better take a look at it.'”

The vehicle blasted through the facade and another wall inside the store — which, luckily, has been vacant since Dec. 31, 2014.

If the vehicle had been going a little faster, Simon speculated, it might have sailed clear through the building and landed on Bank Street.

Simon owns several buildings on that block, in a zone designated for redevelopment, and he’s just hoping that bad things really don’t come in threes.

In February 2014, heavy snow caused a roof collapse at another vacant structure he owns, a few doors down from the former knitting shop.

“The silver lining Thursday is that, if there had to be a storefront driven through, I was just happy it wasn’t the Gallery,” Simon said.

His art gallery on Bank Street sits at the bottom of Ann Street — a very steep hill.

 

 

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4 COMMENTS

  1. There is a BIG hidden secret in the auto industry…it’s called ELECTRONIC sudden unintended acceleration! I know…you thought that was just about FLOOR MATS and sticky pedals, or “driver error,” right? That’s certainly what TOYOTA would like you to continue to believe, BUT DON’T!

    These ultra-complex new engines are completely computer driven. Software is needed to control the throttle system. You THINK you are giving gas when you press the accelerator, but you are only SUGGESTING this to the computer. In electronic SUA cases, the throttle software may be glitch-prone and NOT do as you wish.

    What happens then? Well, the glitch may (and has for countless SUA victims) result in an OPEN THROTTLE situation. The brakes become INEFFECTIVE in these situations and crashes into storefronts, buildings, and homes have resulted.

    What does the automaker say? They hook the vehicles up to the computer and declare NOTHING WRONG! They cite the EDR which has erroneous data and say YOU were NOT braking. They point the finger at you based on AGE, GENDER, MEDICAL history, prescription meds, etc. YOU name it, they’ve TRIED it!

    Get the picture? And you THOUGHT the GM issue was big? Think again! This cover-up of ELECTRONIC SUA is scandalous and very well-orchestrated.

    Why even a WHISTLEBLOWER has been legally harassed by Toyota as it does NOT want her Toyota internal docs posted online anymore. The automaker wants to intimidate and SILENCE her. It doesn’t want the PUBLIC involved, for goodness sake!

    Charlene Blake

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