HOWELL — A pedestrian was killed walking along Route 9 just before 2 a.m. Thursday.

Howell police said the 30-year-old Lakewood man was struck while walking in the southbound lanes between Alexander Avenue and Ford Road. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver, a 53-year-old Deal resident, remained at the scene and is cooperating with the investigation. No charges have been filed.

Delays on southbound Route 9 in Howell during investigation of a fatal pedestrian crash 6/2/22
Delays on southbound Route 9 in Howell during investigation of a fatal pedestrian crash 6/2/22 (The Lakewood Scoop)

A stormy night

New Jersey 101.5 Chief Meteorologist Dan Zarrow said heavy rain began falling around 2 a.m. on the Howell/Lakewood border.

Police ask any witnesses to the crash to contact them at 732-938-4575 X 2629.

It was the second fatal crash on Route 9 in Howell this year, according to State Police records. There was also a crash on Route 9 just over the border in Lakewood.

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A trip to New Jersey doesn't have to be all about the beach. Our state has some incredible trails, waterfalls, and lakes to enjoy.

From the Pine Barrens to the Appalachian Trail to the hidden gems of New Jersey, you have plenty of options for a great hike. Hiking is such a great way to spend time outdoors and enjoy nature, plus it's a great workout.

Before you go out on the trails and explore some of our listeners' suggestions, I have some tips on hiking etiquette from the American Hiking Society.

If you are going downhill and run into an uphill hiker, step to the side and give the uphill hiker space. A hiker going uphill has the right of way unless they stop to catch their breath.

Always stay on the trail, you may see side paths, unless they are marked as an official trail, steer clear of them. By going off-trail you may cause damage to the ecosystems around the trail, the plants, and wildlife that live there.

You also do not want to disturb the wildlife you encounter, just keep your distance from the wildlife and continue hiking.

Bicyclists should yield to hikers and horses. Hikers should also yield to horses, but I’m not sure how many horses you will encounter on the trails in New Jersey.
If you are thinking of bringing your dog on your hike, they should be leashed, and make sure to clean up all pet waste.

Lastly, be mindful of the weather, if the trail is too muddy, it's probably best to save your hike for another day.

I asked our listeners for their suggestions of the best hiking spots in New Jersey, check out their suggestions:

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