There was a lot of bad driving in the greater Baristaville area this past weekend — though we all know that’s kind of status quo. It was worse than usual, however, with two tragic incidents resulting in pedestrian fatalities in Newark on Saturday.
According to Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray, at approximately 3:22 a.m., on June 25, Danny Bynum, 43, of Newark was struck and killed in the vicinity of Madison and South 16th Street by a black Mazda traveling at a high rate of speed. Towanna Glanton, 18, of Newark has been charged with vehicular homicide in connection with Bynum’s death. She was coming from a nightclub at the time of the collision, and was also charged with driving while intoxicated.
Later that same day Malik Mohammad, 49, of Irvington was also struck and killed. That incident occurred in the vicinity of South Orange Avenue and South 11th Street in Newark. The preliminary investigation indicates the vehicle that struck Mr. Mohammad was a stolen pick up truck. No arrests have been made in that case.
But dangerous drivers aren’t only found in our county’s urban locations.
In Glen Ridge, photographer S.J. Streeter caught a belligerent rule-breaker (pictured above) in the act yesterday evening, during the Lager Run.
As if this officer wasn’t busy enough redirecting traffic, with both Belleville & Highland Avenues closed to vehicles, I watched as this driver asked to be allowed to enter Highland Avenue. While the cop explained that the road was closed, the driver nonetheless demanded to be let through. Another “no.” When the officer’s back was turned, the guy attempted to sneak through the barricade anyway. Caught in the act, this bad driver got a brief lecture on pedestrian safety and had to back out and turn right like everybody else.
Are you one of the many road menaces out there recklessly operating 4,000 pounds of steel at fatal impact speed? Or maybe you know someone who think the rules and laws apply to everyone but them? Is this arrogance, oblivion or what? Do you think NJ drivers are worse than others, or is the whole country (world?) full of crazed drivers? Take our poll:
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Photo by S.J. Streeter.