High school vice principal killed by hit-and-run drag racers, prosecutor says

October 10, 2018

Tyrone Harrison was killed as he walked from the Edison train station to a relative's house.

The New Brunswick High School vice principal was killed by drag racers Saturday night as he was walking from the train station to a relative’s house.

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Tyrone Harrison, 49, of Somerset, was killed shortly after 9 p.m. on Stelton Road near Ethel Avenue in Piscataway, according to a statement from the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office released Wednesday afternoon.

Authorities believe Harrison was killed during a race by members of “78 Imports,” a car club that is known to drag race on public roads.

Harrison was walking from the Edison train station to a relative’s house when he was hit by the driver of a 2003 Honda Accord, authorities said. The train station is a mile away from the intersection where Harrison was struck.

The driver fled the scene.

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Harrison was pronounced dead at the scene.

“This tragic death was entirely preventable and unnecessary,” Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Cary said in a statement, adding that the county has the highest rate of fatal car crashes in the state. “Drag racing on public roads is dangerous and irresponsible. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Harrison’s family and the school community.” 

Aubrey Johnson, the school district’s superintendent, released the following statement: “As a school district, our thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Harrison’s family. This obviously is a difficult time throughout New Brunswick Public Schools, and we’ve arranged for grief counselors to be available to students, faculty, and staff.” 

No arrests have been made and authorities did not identify any suspects. 

Anyone with information is urged to call Officer Meredith Robbins at 732-562-7652 or Detective Jonathan Berman at 732-745-4328.

Alex Napoliello may be reached at anapoliello@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @alexnapoNJ. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

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