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Pedestrian Breaks Leg After Struck By SUV on New Year's Eve

Motorist charged with careless driving, failure to yield and violation of a provisional license, Morristown Police said.

A 41-year-old Morristown man suffered a broken leg after being struck by an SUV while walking in the crosswalk on Morris Street on New Year's Eve, Lt. Stuart Greer said. 

According to Greer, Bacilio Huinil-Vail was crossing the roadway in the area of 131 Morris St. at about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday when he was struck by a 2011 GMC Terrain being operated by 24-year-old Daniel Herrera-Lasso, of Wharton.  

According to Greer, Officer Adam Khoudja determined Huinil-Vail had been crossing the street in a marked, designated crosswalk when he was struck by Herrera-Lasso who had been traveling in one of the two eastbound lanes of Morris Street.  

"Witnesses reported that one eastbound vehicle had stopped to allow Huinil-Vail to cross but the vehicle being operated by Herrera-Lasso had failed to yield and had struck him in the crosswalk," Greer said. 

According to Greer, Huinil-Vail was treated for an open fracture of his left lower leg and foot and was transported to Morristown Medical Center for further medical treatment.

Herrera-Lasso was found to be at fault in this incident and was issued motor vehicle summonses for failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk, careless driving and a violation of provisional driving license hours of operation, Greer said. 

Yolanda Navarrete January 05, 2014 at 09:53 AM
This is very tragic for the pedestrian. This happens frequently in Morristown, even after the statute for pedestrian crossings has changed. The type of injury described is very painful and most often permanent.

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