The search is on for a dirt bike rider who ran over a woman and dragged her several feet before fleeing the scene on foot in Pleasantville, New Jersey over the weekend.
The 27-year-old Galloway Township woman had just left a fried chicken restaurant on Main Street around 6:30 p.m. Saturday and was walking on the sidewalk when she was knocked to the ground and dragged at least 75 feet by a man on a dirt bike. The rider then fled the scene on foot, leaving the woman and his dirt bike behind. The hit-and-run crash was captured on surveillance video.
“I just couldn’t believe,” said Monique Burton, who witnessed the crash. “A human being. It wasn’t no animal. It was a person.”
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The woman was taken to the hospital where she is being treated for serious head injuries and internal injuries. She is currently in good condition.
The hit-and run comes less than two months after NBC10 first reported about Pleasantville’s ongoing issues with off-road dirt bikers casing problems on the streets, where it's illegal to ride. Police say the hit-and-run biker, who had a mask covering part of his face, rode onto the sidewalk to avoid traffic that was stopped at a light.
“This is akin to us as taking out a firearm and shooting somebody that happens to be standing on the sidewalk that has nothing to do with whatever business you’re conducting,” said Pleasantville Police Captain Matthew Hartman.
Pleasantville officials say they’ve been in touch with the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office and state agencies to help with a more aggressive crackdown on the problem that will include locating and confiscating the bikes if necessary and taking action against the riders.
“It’s something we’ve been working on,” Captain Hartman said. “Unfortunately something like this happens and it basically jumpstarts everything and moves it forward.”
If you have any information on the incident, please call Pleasantville Police.