Police: Crossing guard struck, killed by pickup truck in Trenton

TRENTON, NJ (WTXF) Police say a crossing guard was killed after being struck by a truck in Trenton, New Jersey.

The incident happened shortly after 3 p.m. Monday.

The crossing guard’s cousin identifies him as 51-year-old Antonio Wiley.

"I'm totally shocked and I'm just saddened that someone would run a light, go around a car, and not knowing what's on the other side,” the victim’s cousin Rev. Joe Leonard told FOX 29.

Police are still investigating, but witnesses say, the pickup failed to stop and hit one car before striking the long-time crossing guard and throwing him. The driver immediately stopped

The victim is well-known and a regular at a market near his home. He was seen there just yesterday on surveillance video, always quick with a kind word to employees. He's described as a very friendly guy who took his work as a crossing guard seriously.

“He loved his job. He loved his job. He loved what he did. He loved helping people. He was always watching out for neighbors,” Doreen Lecato explained.

He was employed by Tri-County Securities, contracted by the city, an employee says, to help pedestrians maneuver across a very dangerous Route 129, where cars and trains are continually fly by and where people have been killed before.  Candles and this shirt serve as a memorial to the last person killed here trying to cross, neighbors say, last year.
 

 

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