Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and Chief Scott Cartmell of the Piscataway Police Department announced today that authorities are actively searching for information regarding individuals involved in a drag race on Saturday night which led to the death of a pedestrian. The victim was a 49-year old vice-principal of New Brunswick High School. The driver of the car which hit the victim fled the scene.
Tyrone Harrison, 49, of Somerset, NJ, a Vice-Principal of the New Brunswick High School was killed on Saturday, October 6, 2018, at approximately 9:17 pm on Stelton Road near Ethel Avenue in Piscataway.
At the time of the impact, Harrison was walking from the Edison train station on route to a relative’s house. He was pronounced dead at the scene from the injuries he sustained in the fatal hit and run.
An autopsy has been scheduled with the Middlesex County Medical Examiner’s Office.
The preliminary investigation by Patrolwoman Meredith Robbins of the Piscataway Police Department and Detective Jonathan Berman of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office determined that multiple vehicles were drag racing at approximately 9:17 pm on Stelton Avenue, Piscataway. One of the cars, a 2003 Honda Accord struck the victim near the intersection of Ethel Road. The driver fled the scene.
Investigators believe the drivers are part of the “78 Imports”, a car club that participates in drag racing on public roads.
Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey stated, “Middlesex County currently has the highest rate of fatal car crashes in New Jersey. Law enforcement is working diligently every day to lower the number of these fatalities. This tragic death was entirely preventable and unnecessary. Drag racing on public roads is dangerous and irresponsible. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Harrison’s family and the school community.”
Police are urging anyone with information regarding the incident to, please contact Officer Robbins at (732) 562-7652 or Detective Berman at (732) 745-4328.