Motor vehicle victim was struck by two cars
By Jaimie Julia Winters
A 52-year-old Montclair man was struck and killed on Wednesday morning on Bloomfield Avenue, according to the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office.
At around 6:30 a.m. on Oct. 31, Samson Hum was crossing Bloomfield Avenue near Montclair Kimberley Academy and Lloyd Road when he was hit by two motor vehicles, said Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens II.
He was pronounced dead at the scene at 7:01 a.m.
"He was hit by two cars -- a Ford Focus and a Jeep Wrangler. Both drivers remained at the scene. At this time no one has been charged," said Stephens
Bloomfield Avenue was closed from from Pompton Avenue to North Mountain Avenue until late morning.
Chief Todd Conforti said that the Montclair Police Department and the Essex County Prosecutor’s Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force are investigating the fatal pedestrian incident.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force tips line at 1-877-TIPS-4EC or 1-877-847-7432.
Montclair just received a $25,000 Pedestrian Safety Grant to be used for police enforcement to improve pedestrian safety.
According to a report by the Montclair Pedestrian Safety Committee, between 2003 and 2014, there were 479 crashes resulting in pedestrian injury and eight fatalities. Twenty-three percent occurred on Bloomfield Avenue.
In 2016, there were seven pedestrian accidents involving individuals ages 18 and under in Montclair.
Solutions in the report suggested included lowering speed limits, reevaluating areas where motorists can turn right on red and more police enforcement.