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Hackettstown woman dies days after being struck by car while lying on road

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. - Police in Hackettstown say a woman has died, after she was hit by a car last week, while she was lying on the road. 

Bernarda Cruz-Leiva, 51, of Hackettstown, died Tuesday at Morristown Medical Center, according to police. 

Police say last Friday around 10:40 p.m., Alanna Snyder, 18, of Columbia, was traveling in a Mercury south on Route 517 in the area of Cook Street. According to police, a vehicle in front of her swerved into the northbound lane to avoid hitting Cruz-Leiva, who was lying on the road. 

Police say Snyder tried to stop, but was unable to do so and struck Cruz-Leiva. 

Police say it is not clear at this time why Cruz-Leiva was lying on the road.

The incident and cause of death remains under investigation by the Hackettstown Police Department Detective Bureau, the Warren County Prosecutors Office and the Morris County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Hackettstown Police Department's Detective Bureau at 908-852-3302.

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