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NJ driver, 22, punches and kills girl on bike, authorities say


A van driver struck and killed a girl on a bicycle in Bridgewater on Saturday, authorities confirmed.

The Bridgewater Township Police Department said officers responded at the intersection of Fulton Street and 3rd Street in the township around 6:08 p.m. “to a serious motor vehicle accident involving a pedal motor.”

The driver was identified as Maria A. Toribio, 22, of Bridgewater, police said.

Toribio was driving a 2021 GMC Sierra pickup truck northbound on Fulton Street on Saturday night when she hit the girl at the intersection of 3rd Street, police said. The girl, whose identity has not been released as she is a minor, was sent to Robert Wood Johnson Hospital in Somerset and pronounced dead, police added in a statement.

Bridgewater Police Sgt. Frederick Brittain told NJ Advance Media Sunday morning that the crash was still under investigation by the Bridgewater Township Police Department Traffic Safety Office and the Somerset County District Attorney’s Office.

Brittain did not immediately provide additional information. Police also did not respond when asked about the cause of the incident or whether charges or arrests resulted.

Those with information are asked to contact Bridgewater Police Traffic Bureau Constable Kevin Florczak at (908) 722-4111 ext. 4130 or the Bridgewater TIPS line at 877-660-INFO (4636).

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Steven Rodas can be reached at srodas@njadvancemedia.com. follow him @stevenrodasnj.