The man’s family was shocked by the tragic Saturday morning crash
A New Jersey family is in shock following the death of Jeffrey Scott, the Vauxhall man who was struck by a car while riding his bike through Maplewood on Saturday.
Scott’s cousin Clifton Walker said he remembered Scott as humble and family-oriented.
“He was a family guy, fun-loving,” Walker said Thursday morning. “There was never anything negative with him. He was all about life and living it to its fullest.”
The sudden tragedy took Scott’s family by surprise, and they’re still feeling shaken, Walker said.
Scott’s father, Jeffrey Scott Sr., described his son as a “respectful and lovable young man.”
Scott, 29, was hit by a car around 2 a.m. Saturday while riding on the the 1600 block of Springfield Ave. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office had no additional updates on the collision Thursday afternoon.
The incident is still under investigation, Thomas Fennelly, the chief assistant prosecutor, said.
No charges were filed against the driver, who authorities have not identified. The prosecutor’s office said Saturday that the driver stayed at the scene after the crash.
“All we can do is pray,” he said. “We take it as it comes.”
Walker, who said he lives around the corner from the scene of the crash, said he “heard something that morning” but never went outside to see what it was.
Scott’s family is preparing to hold a funeral for him on July 16. They started a GoFundMe page to assist with the funeral and burial costs.
By Thursday afternoon, the page had raised more than $3,000 of its ultimate $9,500 goal.
“We all want to go before our kids,” Walker said. “We never think that our kids might be gone before us.”
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Source:: New Jersey Real -Time News