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Man Killed While Crossing New Jersey Highway, 3rd Death There in Months

A 25-year-old man was killed when he tried to cross a busy roadway in front of a New Jersey diner and was hit by two separate cars, marking the third pedestrian death on that stretch in four months. 

Marcus Cook was walking on Route 22 in Bridgewater when two cars hit and killed him, police said. 

Bridgewater Diner co-owner Mike Anastasi's surveillance cameras captured the emergency response Sunday night.

"Here we are again. The same thing," he recalled thinking.

It was deja vu for Anastasi, who in August had surveillance cameras capture the response when two others were hit and killed.

"Why is it happening again? We need signs, it's too dangerous," said Anastasi. 

Bridgewater resident Eric Allena said cars frequently speed up to 70, 80 and even 90 mph when they're coming off the 287. 

"When you're walking across this stretch in the dark, really nothing good is gonna come out of it," he said. 

It's dangerous for drivers, too: at least 7 people have died along the stretch of Route 22 over the last five years. The New Jersey Department of Transportation said it is working on a plan to make it safer. 

But Allena says the problem isn't with the road -- it's on pedestrians to steer clear of busy highways in the dark.  He said "under no circumstances whatsoever" would he walk down Route 22. 

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