Fatal pedestrian strike in Plainfield under investigation

An incident in which a pedestrian was struck and killed by a vehicle in Plainfield Thursday night is under investigation, acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan and Plainfield Public Safety Director Carl Riley jointly announced Friday.

The victim has been identified as Antonio Marquez-Melgar, 37, of Plainfield.

Shortly before 7:30 p.m. Thursday, members of the Union County Homicide Task Force and Plainfield Police Division responded to the area of Madison Avenue and West Eighth Street on a report of a motor vehicle accident, according to the preliminary investigation.

The investigation revealed that a white Kia sedan with two occupants collided with a Lexus in the intersection, knocking the Kia into Marquez-Melgar, killing him. The two occupants of the Kia then fled the area on foot and remain at large.

The Union County Sheriff’s Office’s Crime Scene Unit and Union County Police Department Fatal Accident Reconstruction Team are also assisting in this investigation. Anyone with information about this matter is being urged to contact Prosecutor’s Office Detective Nicholas Falcicchio at 908-721-8186 or the Plainfield Police Division Traffic Unit at 908-753-3360.