Man hit by 2 cars crossing NJ intersection that's deemed one of the deadliest in nation

Police say the man was crossing the road with a stroller filled with ice bags when he was hit near Rt. 129 and Lalor Street.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2022
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Police say 66-year-old old John Giordano was crossing the road at the intersection with a stroller filled with ice bags when he was hit by an SUV.

TRENTON, New Jersey (WPVI) -- A man was seriously injured after being hit by two cars in Trenton, New Jersey Tuesday night.

It happened around 8:30 p.m. near Rt. 129 and Lalor Street, which is known as one of the most deadly intersections in the nation.

Police say 66-year-old old John Giordano was crossing the road at the intersection with a stroller filled with ice bags when he was hit by an SUV.

He was then hit a second time by another vehicle and pinned underneath.

The victim was rushed to the hospital in extremely critical condition.

The driver of the first car did not stop.

Earlier this year, the intersection of Rt. 129 and Lalor was deemed one of the deadliest in the entire nation based on the Fang Law Group's analysis of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data.

Crossing guards are in place to protect pedestrians from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. But a guard was hit and killed at the intersection in 2016.

SEE ALSO: Trenton, New Jersey intersection among the deadliest in the nation

In the very same spot, on August 29, 2020, 35-year-old Celso Rivera was struck and killed after exiting a cab at the intersection. The driver was never found.

To mitigate the dangers, the New Jersey Department of Transportation says by the end of the year, traffic lights will be better timed for pedestrians. The agency will add additional lights and signage along Route 129 to warn drivers to slow down.

Trenton police are still looking for the driver who initially hit Giordano and sped away. Investigators have not released identifying details on the suspected car.