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Authorities Release Identity of Whiting Woman Struck, Killed in Lakehurst


A 42-year-old woman struck and killed by a vehicle in Lakehurst has been identified.

According to authorities, on Jan. 3rd at approximately 10:06 pm, the Lakehurst Police Department responded to the area of 506 Route 70 for a report of a pedestrian struck in the roadway.

Upon arrival, officers found the victim, later identified at Peggy Acquisto, 42, of Whiting, unresponsive in the roadway. 

Arriving paramedics pronounced Acquisto dead at the scene.

The preliminary investigation by the Lakehurst Police Department, the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Major Crime Fatal Accident Investigation Unit, and the Ocean County Sheriff’s CSI Unit found a 2013 Hyundai Elantra, driven by Arvid Wisth, 56, of Whiting, was traveling westbound on Route 70 when he struck the decedent who was in the west bound travel lane.

The decedent was crossing the street with a male companion in a dark area of the roadway, outside of a designated crosswalk. 

Police said Wisth immediately turned the vehicle around and parked across from the area of impact on the eastbound side of Route 70 and awaited police arrival.

The driver consented to a search of his telephone and vehicle, both of which yielded negative results. 

Furthermore, Wisth performed multiple field sobriety tests and did not exhibit any signs of impairment.

Witness acknowledged that the victim walked slowly into oncoming traffic and was almost struck by a vehicle prior to being struck by Wisth while she was standing in the middle of the westbound lane of Route 70.