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The husband of a Clinton Township woman who died in a 2018 pedestrian accident at Main and Grove streets in Somerville has asked a Superior Court judge to rule that the Bridgewater Raritan Regional School District is liable for negligence by the district maintenance worker who was driving the van that struck the woman.
Jonathan McConnachie is asking Judge Thomas Miller for the ruling in the wrongful death case brought in connection to the July 31, 2018 accident which claimed the life of his wife, 52-year-old Christine McConnachie. Miller will decide on the motion next month.
Mrs. McConnachie was walking in the crosswalk at Grove and East Main streets when she was struck by the van driven by Robert Moser, a maintenance worker for the school district, who is also named in the lawsuit.
A Clinton Township woman was killed two years in a pedestrian accident at East Main and Grove streets in Somerville. (Photo: Nick Muscavage/Staff Photo)
Miller has dismissed a charge brought by Bridgewater-Raritan against Somerville, claiming the borough should be held liable for the accident because it failed to maintain a safe intersection.
In a deposition, Moser said he was driving the van from Ace Hardware, on Route 22, to Adamsville School on Union Avenue in Bridgewater, when the accident occurred. Moser said he took the route because he believed it was safer.
Moser also said that he was familiar with the intersection because he had driven it a couple times a week for three decades and was aware of the crosswalk.
The suit charges that Moser failed to stop before turning left onto Grove Street from Main Street.
Moser admitted in his deposition that he failed to see Mrs. McConnachie in the crosswalk.
The Somerville Police Department charged Moser with reckless driving, making an improper turn and failing to yield to a pedestrian.
The reckless and improper turn charges were dismissed in Somerville Municipal Court. Moser pleaded guilty to the failing to yield charge and was fined $106, $33 costs and ordered to pay $100 to the state’s Pedestrian Safety Fund. His license was revoked for four months.
Moser, who acts as a liaison between the school district and Bridgewater fire officials, has been an employee of the school district since 1987.
Mrs. McConnachie, according to her obituary, held a doctorate from Northwestern University and was a former employee of ExxonMobil in Clinton Township. She later became a volunteer at CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Hunterdon, Somerset and Warren Counties.
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