Morristown has extra reasons to give thanks during this Thanksgiving season.
A mother and her three children who were struck in a Morristown crosswalk just days before the holiday were treated and released from Morristown Medical Center.
And a man who plummeted from the fourth level of the Headquarters Plaza parking garage remains alive, though in critical condition, hospital spokesperson Karen Zatorski told Morristown Green on Monday.
Both violent episodes were captured on videos that circulated online.
The family members were crossing Speedwell Avenue, near Henry and Orchard streets, at 10:42 am on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2023, when a southbound 2015 Nissan Altima hit them.
Yosemira Maricella, 36, of Morristown, was thrown 30 feet down the avenue by the impact. She sustained facial cuts and complained of back pain, reported Morristown Police Officer Emmanuel Margaronis.
Maricella’s 7-year-old daughter had an injury to her right wrist; a 4-year-old daughter sustained abrasions to her back, while a 3-year-old son was taken to the hospital for observation, the police report stated.
The mother initially was treated by emergency responders from the Morristown Fire Bureau. Her children already were being transported to the hospital in Atlantic Health ambulances when Margaronis arrived at the scene.
The officer reported that Maricella told him she and her kids had been standing on the sidewalk, and entered the crosswalk when a northbound vehicle stopped to let them cross Speedwell. When they crossed the yellow line into the southbound side, the Altima did not slow down and plowed into them, according to Margaronis’ report.
Although the security camera video shows the car traveling at a brisk pace, the police report does not estimate how fast it was going. The speed limit there is 25 mph, and a “Yield to Pedestrians” sign stood in the center of the roadway, the report indicated.
Driver James Vincent, 64, of Woodbridge, noticed the car stopping in the opposite lane, but “stated that he did not see anyone in the crosswalk. He continued driving and noticed kids in front of him,” crashing into all four pedestrians and then slamming on the brakes, Margaronis reported.
Vincent was charged with failing to stop for pedestrians in a marked crosswalk, and careless driving.
Less is known about the man who vaulted over the parking garage wall when authorities tried to snatch him to safety on the afternoon of Nov. 19.
A cell phone video recorded by a bystander shows the man balancing atop the wall, then hopping back down into the garage.
Seemingly trying to elude help, the man soon is dangling, as someone who appears to be a police officer leans over the wall and struggles to keep a grasp of his arm.
The man then falls feet-first to the ground.
Morristown officials denied Morristown Green’s Open Public Records Act request for details, citing a 2002 executive order by then-Gov. Jim McGreevey shielding “information relating to medical, psychiatric or psychological history, diagnosis, treatment or evaluation.”
At least two other suicide attempts have been made from that garage since 2014.
Anyone experiencing emotional distress or a mental health crisis can get help by calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or by texting 988.