EAST BRUNSWICK — Two people were killed and four others were injured Saturday, including a motorist who lost control of her vehicle and struck the five pedestrians as they were walking home from a religious service, Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan and William Krause, deputy chief and director of the East Brunswick Police Department, announced.
Two of the pedestrians, a husband and wife both aged 51, were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, which occurred shortly before 12:30 p.m. on Dunhams Corner Road, near Hardenburg Lane in East Brunswick.
Three other pedestrians and the driver were rushed to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, where they were being treated for injuries.
The condition of a 27-year-old man was not immediately determined. A 52-year-old man was listed in stable but critical condition on Saturday night, and his wife, 50, was in serious, but stable condition.
Additionally, the driver of the vehicle, a 49-year-old woman, was listed in stable condition Saturday night.
Police did not release the identities of the individuals, all residents of East Brunswick.
No charges had been filed against the driver of the vehicle, a 1998 Toyota Avalon. The investigation was active and continuing.
Police began the investigation after a 9-1-1 call at 12:30 p.m. alerted them to the crash.
Investigator Sean O’Lone of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office and Officer Thomas Kniele of the East Brunswick Police Department determined that the driver was heading west on Dunhams Corner Road when she lost control of the Toyota.
The vehicle crashed into a utility pole, struck the five pedestrians and then hit a guardrail.
The 51-year-old female pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene at 12:49 p.m. and her husband was pronounced dead at the scene at 12:58 p.m.
The five pedestrians were walking from a service at Young Israel, a temple on Dunhams Corner Road in East Brunswick when they were struck.
The specific cause of the crash remained under investigation.
Authorities asked anyone with information about the crash to call Investigator O’Lone of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at 1-732-745-3315, or Officer Kniele of the East Brunswick Police Department at 1-732-390-6900.