Franklin, NJ – 11-Year-Old Injured in Hit and Run on Oak Ave; Driver Charged

Franklin, NJ – 11-Year-Old Injured in Hit and Run on Oak Ave; Driver Charged

Franklin, NJ (October 10, 2022) – Authorities have located and charged the driver who fled the scene of a crash that put an 11-year-old boy in the hospital in Gloucester County on Sunday, October 9th. 

At about 7:15 p.m., the child was walking along the 500th block of Oak Avenue in Franklin Township when he was struck by a passing vehicle whose driver then fled the scene. 

The boy sustained an unspecified head injury and was moved to Cooper University Hospital in Camden. He is listed in stable condition as of Monday morning. 

At the scene, officers located evidence belonging to the vehicle as well as surveillance video that led them to a home in the area of Oak Avenue where they arrested and charged 51-year-old Paul Mensch, a resident of Malaga. 

Our thoughts are with the injured victim and their family at this time. We hope for their full recovery.

Pedestrian Injuries in New Jersey

Franklin, NJ - 11-Year-Old Injured in Hit and Run on Oak Ave; Driver Charged

New Jersey law gives pedestrians the right of way at crosswalks and intersections. This means that drivers are expected to yield until they have completely crossed the street. The law also states that, in a crash between a car and a pedestrian in a marked or unmarked crosswalk in an intersection, the assumption will be that the driver breached the duty they owed the pedestrian. 

This is because drivers owe a duty of care to others on or alongside the roadway, including pedestrians, and are required to operate their vehicles in a safe manner that is in compliance with the law. If a pedestrian is struck while in a crosswalk, the driver is almost certainly responsible because a pedestrian in a crosswalk has the right of way. 

Conversely, pedestrians are beholden to certain responsibilities that include looking both ways before they cross a street and doing so only when indicated by a traffic device. Pedestrians who dash out into the roadway, making it impossible for drivers to react in time, or pedestrians who meander into the street while distracted by their phones, could be held responsible for a percentage of the accident. In New Jersey, however, even if a pedestrian does share in the liability for their accident, they are still entitled to collect comparative compensation.

The New Jersey pedestrian accident lawyers at Metro Law are always available to assist our clients by addressing any questions or concerns they might have about legal options open to them after being injured by someone’s carelessness. Contact the personal injury attorneys at Metro Law by calling (800) 469-6476 to schedule a free case assessment.

Notes: Outside sources were used in the creation of this post including news bulletins and first-hand accounts of the accident and injuries involved. As a result, the details of the accident presented have not been independently verified. If you have identified any false information in the story or would like the post to be removed, please inform us immediately, and we will correct the information or remove the post. 

Disclaimer: As a member of the local community, we at Metro Law strive to improve the overall safety and quality of life for everyone who lives in our beloved state. We are extremely saddened by these accidents but hope that through an awareness of these dangers, those in our community will take precautions to avoid these accidents. This is not a solicitation for business, and this information should not be misconstrued as medical or legal advice. We wish only the best and quickest recovery to all those involved in the accident. The photos depicted in this post are not from the actual accident scene.