Death of Girl, 2, Hit by Vehicle Near New Jersey Harvest Festival Ruled Accidental - NBC New York

Death of Girl, 2, Hit by Vehicle Near New Jersey Harvest Festival Ruled Accidental

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    Death of Girl, 2, Hit by Vehicle Near New Jersey Harvest Festival Ruled Accidental
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    Authorities have ruled the death of a little girl killed by a vehicle near a northern New Jersey fall festival last week accidental.

    The medical examiner said Elizabeth Fuehring, 2, died of blunt head trauma after she was hit Oct. 12 near Alstede Farms in Chester, where a weekly fall festival was being held.

    Her mother, Sarah Fuehring, and another woman, Joanna Alemany, were also hit by the vehicle; they suffered serious injuries but are expected to recover.

    NJ.com previously reported that investigators were processing evidence around two shuttle buses.

    Residents living nearby say that traffic has been an issue at the festival for years, and that not enough police officers are on hand to direct the thousands of visitors who come to pick pumpkins and go for hayrides each autumn.

    Chester Mayor Bill Cogger says that the problem has gotten worse as the festival at the private farm has become more popular.

    "There has been an incredible increase in traffic in Chester over the year and it's to the point where it's dangerous," he says.

    Shortly after the accident, Alstede Farms posted a condolence message on its Facebook page, writing, "The Alstede family and staff grieve and mourn for the families impacted by the motor vehicle accident." 

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