DWI and Pedestrian Safety

DWI accident leaves one pedestrian dead near Hoboken

This past weekend – 24 year old Ron Hill Jr. from Jersey City was stuck and killed by a DWI driver in a black Jeep right outside Hoboken (between Cliff Lofts and the Sky Club).

Luis Garcia, a 22 year-old male out of Brooklyn, New York was charged with DWI, leaving the scene of an accident and vehicular manslaughter. He was tested with a BAC % of 0.13, and is being held on a bail of quarter million dollars. He was arrested by Hoboken police after a brief search.

Hoboken resident Lucas – who lives in the Sky Club – witnessed the entire ghastly scene from his balcony around 3am Sunday morning.

Drunk driver kills pedestrian near Sky Club in Hoboken NJ

When light is green – Paterson / Paterson Plank is dangerous!

Lucas described the scene as he saw it.

“The jeep came down Paterson Plank at a high rate of speed, and jumped the curb near the tracks and killed the guy on the sidewalk. Afterward, the car skidded way across the tracks and struck at car about to make a right from Marshall Street. While I called the police, the driver of the car he struck got out and attempted to chase him down, to no avail. The wet roads were most certainly a factor on top of the DWI.”

DWI Death pedestrian Hoboken NJ SkyClub Cliff LoftsThe medical examiners took the body about six hours after the accident, and both the roads and light rail were closed. This is quite scary, considering I walk to see friends who live up the road all the time.”

Can safety be improved? Or is it just luck of the draw?

I asked Lucas if he believed the safety in this area could be practically improved or not.

He said with two traffic lights and a pedestrian crosswalk in place – that proper protocol has already been followed. He mentioned that if they possibly re-locate the crosswalk closer to the Sky Club – it might be clearer conditions, but when the lights are green – cars still speed around the blind turn regardless.

So maybe it’s one of those terrible situations where someone was in the “wrong place at the wrong time.” But that makes you wonder, why do people drive from Brooklyn to Jersey City to get smashed? What’s so great around here anyway?

And if this can serve as a firm reminder – that despite this being an inclement weather, alcohol-infused accident – you should still be VERY aware of your surroundings at all times. I see too many people absorbed in their technology while traversing busy intersections, not paying attention to signals – or even worse – other inattentive drivers.

7 Responses

  1. Mrs. L says:

    Horrible death and a waste of a life. Why do people drink when they know they have to drive home? We live in a metro area because of public transport and easy cab rides.

  2. homeworld says:

    It’s no wonder this happens when judges have their priorities out-of-whack and treat these sort of crimes with less severity than minor offenses.

    One day while in Hoboken Municipal court waiting to fight a parking ticket, I witnessed person after person receive $1,000 fines and community service for the horrible crime of drinking a beer while sitting on their stoop or walking on the sidewalk. And then the same judge sentenced someone to only a $400 fine for drunk driving and fleeing the scene of an accident. In Hoboken it’s considered a worse offense to drink and walk than drink and drive.

    • h4sbilc says:

      “One day while in Hoboken Municipal court waiting to fight a parking ticket, I witnessed person after person receive $1,000 fines and community service for the horrible crime of drinking a beer while sitting on their stoop”

      Their STOOP?! Since when is it a crime to drink a beer while on private property? [quote comment=”220743″]It’s no wonder this happens when judges have their priorities out-of-whack and treat these sort of crimes with less severity than minor offenses.One day while in Hoboken Municipal court waiting to fight a parking ticket, I witnessed person after person receive $1,000 fines and community service for the horrible crime of drinking a beer while sitting on their stoop or walking on the sidewalk. And then the same judge sentenced someone to only a $400 fine for drunk driving and fleeing the scene of an accident. In Hoboken it’s considered a worse offense to drink and walk than drink and drive.[/quote]

  3. johnniemarg says:

    Bad couple of weekends near the sky club. It’s scary because it’s bad enough trying to cross the streets in Hoboken as drivers are only looking at cars coming from the one-way roads and then blast off into the intersection as soon as the car passes without even looking to see if any pedestrians are already in the intersection. Now I need to worry about being hit on the sidewalk too…great.

    On a separate note- I live in the sky club and on Friday, 5/3, about 5 police cruisers and an ambulence were at the bus stop on paterson plank road (between paterson and harrison), but whatever happened was just out of our view. We eventually saw them put one guy, cuffed, in the back of a cruiser and another person was taken away in an ambulence. The next morning we walked over there to find dried pools of blood all over the sidewalk. I’ve been searching the internet to find out what went down there but I can’t find anything. Anyone have any clue?

    • Hoboken89 says:

      In this area, the driving is out of control. Drivers blow through stops signs all the time, and I’m not talking drifting, but running stop signs. Drivers think this is an industrial area, not a residential area. Until there is police inforcement of traffic laws, well…
      Hey, Dawn Zimmer, there is a tremendous opportunity to pad the coffers! Have (2) traffic cops set up at 1st and Marshall, and 1st and Harrison. It will be shooting fish in a barrel. Guaranteed! (1st and Harrison, Southbound is a moneymaker, 20% at least run the stop sign.)[quote comment=”220744″]Bad couple of weekends near the sky club. It’s scary because it’s bad enough trying to cross the streets in Hoboken as drivers are only looking at cars coming from the one-way roads and then blast off into the intersection as soon as the car passes without even looking to see if any pedestrians are already in the intersection. Now I need to worry about being hit on the sidewalk too…great.On a separate note- I live in the sky club and on Friday, 5/3, about 5 police cruisers and an ambulence were at the bus stop on paterson plank road (between paterson and harrison), but whatever happened was just out of our view. We eventually saw them put one guy, cuffed, in the back of a cruiser and another person was taken away in an ambulence. The next morning we walked over there to find dried pools of blood all over the sidewalk. I’ve been searching the internet to find out what went down there but I can’t find anything. Anyone have any clue?[/quote]

  4. nbm3 says:

    very sad for all parties involved

  5. LobstaGirl says:

    Until this city/administration gets SERIOUS about this issue, nothing will be done. Everyone whom enters this town knows there is almost no stopping it and until consistent DWI checks are set up entering/exiting town, all the same will continue. Years back there were check points at either end of town and as it has become more of a drinking town these have disappeared. Simple measures CAN be placed into action but they AREN’T & it is a shame but maybe this had to happen to open the eyes of the administration to the SEVERE problem this town has endangering it’s residents by not policing the drunk drivers daily & weekly.

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