Southampton Township

Boy, 2, Fatally Struck by Car in NJ, 3 Others Injured


A two-year-old died and three others were critically injured after they were struck by a car in Burlington County Tuesday night.

The four were walking were walking with the flow of traffic in the center of the eastbound lane of Buddtown Road in Southampton Township around 8:30 p.m. There are no sidewalks or shoulders, and there are no street lights.

New Jersey State Police say Jairisa Galindo, 18, was pulling Jyonsheil Martinez, 2, and Kahariel Martinez, 6, in a wagon while John Giles, 8, was walking next to them.

Investigators say a passing car struck the group and the wagon.

New Jersey State Police say Jyonshiel Martinez was rushed to Virtua Hospital in Mount Holly where he was later pronounced dead.

Galindo, Giles and Kahariel Martinez were taken to Cooper University Hospital where they are listed in critical condition.

Police say the driver stayed at the scene and is cooperating with the investigation.

No criminal charges are pending.

The deadly incident remains under investigation.

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