New Jersey

Head Librarian at NJ University Fatally Struck by Car: Authorities

He had been University Librarian at NJIT since 1995

The head librarian at the New Jersey Institute of Technology was struck and killed by a car while walking to work Thursday morning, authorities said.

Richard Sweeney, 70, of Metuchen, was hit by an Nissan Altima at about 7:45 a.m. as he crossed a street at the NJIT campus in Newark, said acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray.

Sweeney died from his injuries at 10:45 a.m. at University Hospital.

No charges have been filed against the driver who remained at the scene after the accident, Murray said.

Sweeney had been University Librarian at NJIT since 1995, when he left Polytechnic University in Brooklyn, where he directed the library for 11 years.

The university issued a statement expressing "deep sadness" about Sweeney's death. A grief counselor will be available Friday on campus, administrators said.

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