NEWARK - Essex County Prosecutor's Officer Michael Davidson and Mayor Cory A. Booker were among a group of people who assisted a fallen pedestrian along Elizabeth Avenue here during lunch time June 22.
ECPO spokeswoman Katherine Carter said that Davidson was the first official at the scene of an apparent hit-and-run on a block of Elizabeth Avenue just after noon that Friday. Davidson, said Carter, had found the otherwise unidentified man lying face down and bleeding from the mouth.
Davidson and a growing number of bystanders have also noticed the driver of a motor vehicle who may have struck the pedestrian had stayed at the scene. Neither the identities of the struck pedestrian nor the implicated driver, nor details of the incident, have been made public as of 10 a.m. June 27.
"Davidson called for an ambulance and advised the man not to get up," said Carter. "He applied water he received from another person at the scene and paper towels."
Carter added that Davidson, an investigative detective, is a 19-year ECPO member.
Mayor Booker and his Newark Police Department security detail, aboard their Chevrolet Tahoe, meanwhile arrived moments later at the scene. The block was closed to traffic until after an ambulance arrived to take the stricken man. The fallen pedestrian, said Booker, recognized the mayor's voice.
"God bless our Newark citizens," said Booker on a 12:30 p.m. Tweet. "We assisted him into the ambulance. The driver did the right thing and stayed and helped."
Booker and one of his NPD bodyguards rescued a woman from her burning home at 443 Hawthorne Ave. April 13. The mayor owns a nearby Hawthorne Avenue address.
Elizabeth Avenue is a 1.42-mile city street that runs southwesterly from Clinton Avenue through the South Ward's Weequahic section into Hillside. The avenue's temporary closing, depending on the exact location, may have prompted NJTransit to detour buses on its 27, 39, 65 or 66 routes.