Homeless man killed crossing Lakewood street Saturday night
LAKEWOOD — A homeless man who made headlines less than two years ago after agreeing to pour coffee over his head for $5 was killed on Saturday night as he crossed a township street.
Lt. Greg Staffordsmith of the Lakewood Police Department said 67-year-old Ronald Leggatt was killed crossing the street at the intersection of Martin Luther King Drive and Cedarbridge Avenue. Staffordsmith said Leggatt was killed when he was hit by a 2008 Chevy Avalanche while walking in the left Travel Lane on Cedarbridge Avenue.
After video of Leggatt went viral a large fundraising effort was started on his behalf. In addition to money being raised housing was also arranged at a hotel where he was already staying. One of the highlights of the effort was a new jacket from the San Francisco 49'ers football team after Leggatt's original jacket was damaged by the coffee.
Leggatt's death comes less than a week after a young girl was killed when she was hit by a car while riding her bike in the town.
The incident on Saturday is being investigated by the Lakewood Police Department Traffic Safety Unit, the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office, and the Ocean County Sheriff's Department CSI Unit.
Police are asking anyone with information about the incident to call Officer Justin Pederson at 732-363-0200
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