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Franklin Park Man Killed After Being Hit By Truck, Investigation Continuing


Police are investigating the circumstances behind a Dec. 28 accident that killed a 59-year-old Franklin Park man.

Police received a call at 7:52 p.m. reporting that a pedestrian had been hit behind the Stop and Shop located on Route 27 in Franklin Park, according to a press release about the incident.

Officers found Anthony Bartolotta unconscious and unresponsive at the scene. Bartolotta was transported to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital-New Brunswick, where he was pronounced dead shortly after arrival, according to the release.

The preliminary investigation revealed that a 2010 box truck driven by Thomas Wirsing, 57, of Kinnelon, turned into the rear entrance of the property from Old Stage Road prior to the accident.

Members of the Franklin Township Police Department’s Traffic Safety Bureau and Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Collision Analysis Reconstruction Team were on scene to investigate and process the crash scene, according to the release.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Ptl. Jim Raics of the Franklin Township Police Department’s Traffic Safety Bureau at (732) 873-5533, extension 3177.

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