Ridgefield Man Killed While Crossing Rt. 17 in Ramsey

Charges have not been filed against the two men driving cars that ran him over, police say.

A 59-year-old Ridgefield man was struck by two cars and killed when trying to cross Route 17 southbound in Ramsey Thursday night, borough Police Chief Bryan Gurney confirmed Friday morning.

According to Gurney, Craig Royer – who was staying at the Maple Shade Motel on Route 17 South – attempted to cross the highway on foot shortly before 9:25 p.m.

While crossing near Ramsey Nissan and the IHOP, Royer was struck by a 2004 Chevrolet pick-up driven by an Emerson resident, Gurney said. A 2004 Toyota being driven by an Oradell resident “was also involved in the accident,” Gurney said.

The Emerson man told cops he thought he had hit something, possibly a deer, police said.

According to police, there have not been any charges filed against either driver, but Gurney said the investigation into the incident is still ongoing.

As of Friday morning, police did not know why Royer was attempting to cross Route 17, Gurney said.

John Santaella February 07, 2014 at 12:22 PM
I believe there's a liquor store across from that motel.
david calleo February 07, 2014 at 12:42 PM
I believe there's a cup of coffee across from that motel too.
zizi February 07, 2014 at 02:14 PM
This proves crossing highways on foot is not just limited to Rt. 4.
B@B February 08, 2014 at 08:41 AM
Crossing a highway in the dark while in all likelihood wearing the kind of dark-color clothing that most people wear in wintertime is a fool's errand. Unless there was speeding involved, no one should be charged here. The "yield to pedestrians" law (a law that is horrific for both pedestrians and cars) refers to CROSSWALKS. It does not include crossing a major highway with a median.
Mahwah Resident February 08, 2014 at 08:42 AM
I know it's politically incorrect - but you just cannot fix stupid.
Harlan Consider February 08, 2014 at 09:24 AM
Definitely a contender for a Darwin Award.
Hank February 08, 2014 at 09:55 AM
anyone ever see that "go ahead hit me" jogger that jogs down N Central to Allendale? He's been doing it for years. Runs at night sometime reflector sometime not. He must have 9 lives
Windrunner February 08, 2014 at 01:56 PM
Maybe time for that motel to open its own liquor store on premises. Twice the income stream. Seen that jogger, Hank. It is only a matter of time. Pay attention Patch. Future story.
Jack Bogwald February 09, 2014 at 07:44 PM
I was 2nd car to pull over, was one of the worst things I have ever seen. And I drive for a living and have seen plenty. What does one think, 6 Lanes of 65 miles an hour traffic.
Revolution February 10, 2014 at 12:52 PM
People need to use common sense and not cross a highway like that. What does a liquor store have to do with this? Simply do not cross the street.
David R Paradis February 10, 2014 at 05:08 PM
I passed by 5 minutes after it happened, about 9:30 pm. I also thought it was a deer, and there was a pickup truck and car with the whole side torn up on the shoulder, and another 3 cars by the median. I had to swerve to miss what I also thought was a deer between the fast and middle lane. The image of a single boot standing up in the 'slow' lane will be forever etched in my mind. Rest in piece Craig, nobody deserves to die like that.
Harlan Consider February 11, 2014 at 08:08 AM
I really don't think old Craig deserves much sympathy. It certainly appears that he was the kind of guy that didn't exactly think things through. My sympathies are with the poor driver who collided with him, and the various officals who had the horrible job of dealing with the aftermath. But back to Craig, I'm sure he felt nothing in his instantaneous death.
joanne royer April 08, 2014 at 06:01 PM
Why liquor store comments.Remember Craig did have a family that is mourning his ddeath.Guess nothing better to do than judge people and their actions.Again, let's all remember his family.Comments not th we nicest


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