A Brick woman lost her life Monday night after – according to witnesses – running out onto Route 70 against a traffic signal and outside of any crosswalk, leading to an investigation that shut down the major roadway for hours.
According to a police report, Kathleen M. Winits, 55, was crossing Route 70 at Olden Street, going towards the Brick Motor Inn Motel, at about 6:55 p.m. The report said she had crossed Route 70 against the pedestrian crossing signal, and was not in the crosswalk.
Meanwhile, a 2020 Mercedes-Benz C300 being driven by Jennifer L. Squires, 43, of Brick, was traveling in the left travel lane, eastbound on Route 70, approaching the intersection with a green light. The car struck the pedestrian, then came to a controlled stop, according to police.
Winits was determined to be deceased at the scene.
The Brick Township Police Traffic Safety Unit, the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Criminal Investigation Unit and the NJ Department of Transportation responded to assist with the investigation and traffic.
“Witnesses at the scene reported that the pedestrian ran out into traffic,” a statement from Brick police said. “[The] investigation is ongoing.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Traffic Safety Officer David Thergesen at the 732-451-2037.