HAMILTON, NJ (MERCER)—Firefighters from Robbinsville and Bordentown Townships were dispatched to a vehicle fire on the New Jersey Turnpike at mile post 59 south bound inner roadway just south of Exit 7A. Smoke could be seen in the air and the vehicle was fully involved in flames on arrival. Firefighters quickly knocked down the fire. Occupants of the vehicle stood by in the shoulder with Robbinsville EMS while the fire was extinguished. No injuries were reported. NJ State Police was on scene for traffic control. No further details are available.
ALLENTOWN, NJ (MONMOUTH)-ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)—Hope Fire Company of Allentown-Upper Freehold hosted a “large diameter” hose drill this morning at Mercer Corporate Park. Firefighters were able to flow over 2,000 gallons per minute from a drafting point, though several relay engines and finally to a discharge point consisting of ladders or an engine. The training was designed to unify tactics between three counties and started with over an hour of classroom training at Hope Fire Company then the firefighters went to Mercer Corporate Park for practical training. Other departments participating were: Robbinsville Fire Department, Hamilton Fire Department, Consolidated Fire Association (Bordentown City), Jacobstown (North Hanover), Chesterfield, Monmouth County Fire Marshal’s Office, Monmouth County Fire Coordinators.
HIGHTSTOWN, NJ (MERCER)–Hightstown Police Department reported that on Friday, September 9, 2022, at approximately 9:00 p.m., officers from Hightstown Police Department were dispatched to the intersection of West Ward Street and Mercer Street for a pedestrian struck by a vehicle; updates from dispatch reported the subject unconscious but breathing.
Sergeant Miller and Officer Moreno arrived on location to find a thirteen (13) year old male, resident of Hightstown Borough, and a student at Melvin H. Kreps Middle School, unconscious with severe trauma to the body and head. While waiting for emergency medical services to arrive, the child slipped into cardiac arrest and officers began lifesaving measures, beginning CPR. Hightstown EMS arrived on scene and continued with lifesaving measures, with police assisting. Paramedics from Capital Health arrived on location and transported the victim, with Hightstown EMS, to Capital Health Trauma Center, Helene Fuld Campus, in Trenton, and continued the performance of lifesaving efforts.
At the hospital, despite valiant efforts by all involved, the victim succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased by hospital staff at 10:20 p.m.
The accident was investigated by Hightstown Police Department and Mercer County Prosecutor’s Officer-Serious Collision Response Team. Det. Mecca and Det. Vaccaro continued the investigation, which was determined to be accidental, with no criminality associated with the incident; the investigation revealed that the victim, a bicyclist, was struck while crossing the roadway as the driver, Ms. Kathryn Wagner, a resident of East Windsor, New Jersey, made a left turn from Mercer Street, onto West Ward Street. Ms. Wagner remained on scene and was cooperative with the investigation. Ms. Wagner was later issued a traffic summons for careless driving.
School personnel were advised of the incident to prepare for any services that students may need as a result of this event. Any witnesses to this incident, that may have information, are encouraged to contact Sgt. Miller or Det. Mecca at the Hightstown Police Department. The Hightstown Police Department would like to thank all those that remained on scene, cooperated with the investigation, and assisted with this tragic event.