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Pedestrian killed in hit-and-run on I-287 in Somerset County, struck by car then tractor-trailer, state police say

BRIDGEWATER TOWNSHIP, NJ (Somerset County) – A 38-year-old Bridgewater Township man was killed in a hit-and-run on Friday on Interstate 287 after state police say he was crossing the highway, struck by car which left the scene and was then struck by a tractor-trailer.

A preliminary police investigation revealed that Erik Salemke was crossing I-287 north in the area of 21.8 when he was struck by an unknown vehicle that did not stop, according to New Jersey State Police spokesperson Trooper Charles Marchan.

A Volvo tractor-trailer was traveling north on I-287 and then struck Salemke who was down in the roadway after being stuck by the other vehicle, Marchan said.

As a result of the crash, Salemke suffered fatal injuries, Marchan said.

The crash remains under investigation and no additional information was available.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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