Car strikes, kills NJIT head librarian walking to work in Newark

Authorities in Essex County are investigating an accident in which a vehicle struck and killed a New Jersey Institute of Technology employee as he walked

NJIT head librarian Richard Sweeney was struck and killed on his way to work Thursday morning.

NJIT head librarian Richard Sweeney was struck and killed on his way to work Thursday morning. (5/19/16)

NEWARK - Authorities in Essex County are investigating an accident in which a vehicle struck and killed a New Jersey Institute of Technology employee as he walked to work.

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray says the accident occurred near campus around 7:45 a.m. Thursday.

Seventy-year-old Richard Sweeney of Metuchen was struck while he was crossing the street by a woman driving a Nissan Altima. Sweeney was the head librarian at the school.

The driver remained at the scene. Sweeney was pronounced dead at University Hospital at 10:45 a.m.

No charges had been filed as of Thursday evening, and an investigation was continuing.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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