PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Authorities are seeking information regarding people involved in a New Jersey drag race that led to the death of a pedestrian over the weekend.
Middlesex County prosecutors and Piscataway police say 49-year-old Tyrone Harrison was struck shortly before 9:30 p.m. Saturday in Piscataway. The New Brunswick High School vice principal was walking to a relative's house from the Edison train station. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
“He was a nice, caring man who worked behind the scenes for the children,” Lorraine Menns, a para professional at New Brunswick High school, told PIX11 News.
It was a somber mood inside New Brunswick high school as an entire school continues to mourn the violent and still unsolved hit-and-run death of their beloved vice principal.
The Somerset husband and father was killed around 9:17 p.m., Saturday night, by a driver drag-racing on Stelton Road and Ethel Avenue.
Police and prosecutors say multiple vehicles were drag racing at the time, and they believe one of the vehicles involved struck the victim before fleeing the scene. Anyone with information is being asked to call police.
The car, a 2003 Honda Accord, was abandoned as the scene.
“To leave him to die on the road, it’s heartbreaking,” Menns told PIX11.
Surveillance video released by the Middlesex County prosecutor shows three cars drag racing.
Investigators believe the drivers are part of 78 Imports, a car club that participates in drag racing on public roads.
“I never liked drag racing,” Devon Jones, a student at New Brunswick High School, told PIX11.
A former college football player, Harrison was an educator for more than two decades.
His widow, Dr. Adrienne Harrison told PIX11, “he was truly an honest decent man, a man of substance.”
Dr. Adrienne Harrison, also an educator, said she will forgive the hit-and-run driver if he turns himself.
“It’s a tragedy on both ends. Two families are devastated,” she added.
The funeral for Harrison is set for Monday morning.
The school district said grief counselors would be available for students, faculty and staff.