Pedestrian struck by car in Morristown pleads to jaywalking

Paramedics respond to scene of pedestrian accident on South Street, Dec. 28, 2018. Photo by Mark Ehrenkranz
Paramedics respond to scene of pedestrian accident on South Street, Dec. 28, 2018. Photo by Mark Ehrenkranz
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A Perth Amboy man struck by a Jeep in Morristown in December has pleaded guilty to jaywalking.

Michael Sorger’s ticket was downgraded from a charge that would have carried a stiffer fine and motor vehicle points, said his lawyer, Jay Mascolo.

Sorger, 41, told Morristown Municipal Judge Michael Noonan on Monday that he was hit while stopping traffic on South Street so his food truck could back into the driveway of the Pavesi restaurant, for a delivery on Dec. 28, 2018.

The accident occurred around 6 o’clock on a rainy evening. Sorger was not wearing reflective clothes, according to police.

The driver of the 2015 Jeep, 33-year-old Allison Johnson of Basking Ridge, and a witness, Nicholas Turco, appeared in court on Monday but did not testify.

Municipal Prosecutor Robert Rudy 3d and the judge agreed to accept the guilty plea–which carried a $54 fine–along with a “civil reservation.”  That stipulation means the plea won’t count against Sorger if he attempts to sue the driver.

Responding to Noonan’s questions, Sorger said he sustained no broken bones, but is being treated for a back injury from the accident. Johnson declined to comment after the hearing.

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