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Rutgers student dies after being hit by car in downtown New Brunswick

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The impact happened on George Street near Albany and Somerset. Authorities said Cory Aufiero, a Rutgers Business School sophomore, lost his footing and stumbled onto the street where he was struck by a vehicle heading west on George Street.

A Rutgers student died Friday night after being struck by a car in downtown New Brunswick on George Street near Albany and Somerset streets.

Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey, and Director of the New Brunswick Police Department (NBPD) Anthony Caputo said that Cory Aufiero, a 19-year-old and resident of Colts Neck, New Jersey, was pronounced dead at the scene on Friday, Sept. 28 at approximately 9:30 p.m.

The initial investigation determined that the victim lost his footing and stumbled onto the street where he was struck by the vehicle. David Stewart, 36, of Somerset was driving the vehicle that struck the victim, according to the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office.

Stewart was driving a 2011 Nissan Sentra and traveling west on George Street when the impact happened. Authorities said Stewart has been issued a summons for driving with a suspended New Jersey license. 

In a University-wide email, interim Chancellor of Rutgers New Brunswick Christopher Molloy said Aufiero, a Rutgers Business School sophomore, was actively involved in the greek life community through his engagement with his fraternity Pi Kappa Phi. He was also the brother of Henry Aufiero, a current Rutgers Business School senior.

"On behalf of the entire Rutgers—New Brunswick community, I extend our condolences to his family and friends," Molloy said in the email. "Please keep Cory and his loved ones in your thoughts and prayers. Out of respect for grieving family members, the university always awaits permission before sending a public condolence."

The initial investigation was conducted by Patrolman Sean Cahill of the NBPD and Detective David Abromaitis of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office. The investigation remains active and continuing, and an autopsy is pending with the Middlesex County Medical Examiner.

Anyone with information is asked to call Cahill at 732-745-5200 or Abromaitis at 732-745-4336.

Ryan Stiesi

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