Police: Somerset Man Killed By Car When Crossing Route 27

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A 63-year-old Somerset man was killed Dec. 23 when he was struck by a car while crossing Route 27, police said.

Tajudeen Basha was crossing the street, near Holland Drive, at about 8:30 p.m. when he was struck by a car driven by Jean Ambrose, 81, also of Somerset, police said.

Police said Basha was unconscious and unresponsive when they arrived. He was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics from Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.

Ambrose was not injured, police said.

Route 27 was shut down in both directions for approximately 4 hours while members of the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Team (C.A.R.T) and Franklin Township Police Department’s Traffic Safety Bureau investigated the crash, police said.

No citations were issued, police said. The contributing factors to the crash are still being investigated, police said.

Police ask anyone with information about the accident to call Ptl. Jose Jaime of the Franklin Township Police Department’s Traffic Safety at (732) 873-5533 extension 3143 or the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office TIPS Hotline at (888) 577-TIPS(8477).


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