UPDATED: Pedestrian Struck By Truck Near Stafford Square Mall

Police reported that a pedestrian was struck Saturday morning near Route 72.

A 58-year-old Manahawkin man was injured Saturday when he was struck by a truck at Stafford Square Mall, police said.

On Saturday morning around 11 a.m., Stafford Police responded to a motor vehicle collision involving a truck and a pedacyclist on Route 72 in front of Stafford Square shopping center.

The driver of the vehicle, Christian Sandfort, 19 of Galloway Township was traveling east in the right lane when a pedacyclist identified as Raul Sorto, 58, of Manahawkin was crossing from the north side of Route 72 towards Stafford Square shopping center and did not see Sandfort's truck approaching, police said. 

Traffic in the left and center lane was stopped and backed up through the intersection which may have provided Sorto with the reasoning the right lane was stopped as well, police said. 

Mr Sorto struck the side of the truck and ended up with his foot getting run over by the truck causing serious injuries to his foot. 

Sorto was transported to Atlantic City Trauma Center for treatment of his injuries where he is listed in stable condition. Responding to the accident were the Stafford Township Police Department, Stafford Township EMS, Stafford Township Volunteer Fire Company and Monoc Paramedics.

The collision is under investigation by the Traffic Safety Officer Justin Pascale of Stafford Township Police Traffic Unit, any witnesses are asked to call 609-597-1189 X8436.

DeerLakeChuck July 06, 2014 at 10:53 AM
How about if the pedestrians and bicyclists only cross at the controlled intersections on Rt. 72 when the light is red. This way they would be protected from collisions with motor vehicles. That way they would be in compliance with the legal rules of the road. Let me guess the lights are too far apart to walk to cross the road safely and legally. Guess what unless the foot bridge is exactly where they want to cross, they are going to cross where they want to anyway. How many people do you see cross Rt. 72 in front of the Holiday Inn instead of walking to Rt. 9 and walking under the 72 overpass? Apparently that is even too far to go to be safe.
mj July 06, 2014 at 02:51 PM
@DeerLakeChuck: You are also right! People will walk where they want to walk. So, maybe we either need metal fences (to be placed parallel to both sides of the highway on the grass median) or we need to encourage the police to start ticketing people for "jaywalking" in areas where crossing is prohibited. Maybe people will then be discouraged from walking where it is not safe!
Jake Cavanaugh July 06, 2014 at 05:23 PM
They should have a patrolman there to assist people crossing.
Jake Cavanaugh July 06, 2014 at 05:24 PM
I recommend Mikey the Moron at the Stafford Patrolman to do this job. A little short but otherwise he should be able to handle the job.


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