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Police: Driver Who Struck Pedestrian Had Marijuana in Car

Marijuana was found in the car of the driver who struck a Manalapan woman crossing Route 9 on Friday.

Luke Palumbo, the driver of the, has been charged with failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk, according to Manalapan Police Captain Michael Fountain.

Tsuik, a Manalapan resident, was hit by Palumbo's vehicle at around 7:30 a.m. on Friday at the intersection of Route 9 North and Ryan Road. Tsuik was medevaced to Jersey Shore Medical Center to be treated for her injuries. Police discovered her lying on the shoulder of Route 9 North.

Along with being charged with a failure to yield to a pedestrian, Palumbo, 19, was also charged with possesion of under 50 grams of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possesion of a marijuana in a motor vehicle.

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Palumbo has not been charged with being under the influence while operating a motor vehicle at this time as lab results are still pending, according to Fountain.

Fountain said Palumbo was charged and released on his own recognizance pending a Municipal Court appearance on all of the charges.

Curious George October 15, 2012 at 08:54 PM
I'm a bit puzzled by the line..."Police discovered her lying on the shoulder of Route 9 North." This was at 7:30 AM. which is the middle of morning rush hour...No one else came to her aid? The story makes it appear she could have been lying there for a while until the police discovered her. Did the driver call the police?
Shep Proudfoot October 15, 2012 at 09:26 PM
No- the man in the Yellow hat found her.

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