This version contains updated information from Morristown police.
A woman in a Morristown crosswalk was struck by a vehicle and thrown onto the pavement on South Street, according to witnesses of the accident on Sunday evening.
The victim, Adalzenir Sardo, 42, of Morristown, was crossing South Street at the intersection of Hamilton Road at 5:50 pm.
“I paused for her to cross, and this Jeep came by at 40 mph and slammed her,” striking the victim’s hip and propelling her 15 or 20 feet, said a motorist at the scene, a Morristown resident who declined to give her name.
The driver of the 2010 Jeep, 68-year-old Stewart Minkoff of Morristown, “confirmed that he had not seen Ms. Sardo until it was too late to stop and was unable to avoid the collision” in the crosswalk, said Police Lt. Stuart Greer.
The motorist who witnessed the crash said the victim was dazed but conscious. She told the motorist she was Brazilian, and was crossing to get a passport photo at Walgreen’s.
Sardo was taken to Morristown Medical Center with a possible dislocated knee and minor head injuries, Greer said.
Minkoff was issued a summons for failing to yield to a pedestrian in a marked crosswalk, the lieutenant said.
Several residents from the nearby Blair House and Hamilton apartments heard the crash and rushed to the scene.
“I heard a long horn. Then I heard a sound like plastic crunching,” said Ohemaah Ntiamoah. “I saw a body laying on the ground,” in the street in front of Rite Aid.
Ntiamoah said she then heard another motorist, who had been driving in the opposite direction, yell “get off your phone!” at the the Jeep’s driver.
The victim’s hands appeared bloodied, and she sustained an abrasion on her head, Ntiamoah said.
John Fernandes heard the “harsh screech of a car” and then a “hit” that he thought was two vehicles colliding.
The Jeep was traveling up South Street in the direction of the Green. A “Stop for Pedestrians” sign near the crosswalk appeared to have been brushed by the Jeep.
Residents said traffic seldom slows there long enough for a safe crossing.
“They don’t stop for you,” said Paula Segura, who moved here in January.
“It’s just a horrible intersection,” said Fernandes, who said he often walks a long block to the stoplight at South and James streets to cross the street when he needs to go to the drug store or Kings supermarket– which is right across South Street from his apartment.
He said he fears for the safety of senior citizens from the apartments who attempt to cross at Hamilton and South.