Robbinsville school superintendent struck by car, killed while jogging
Dr. Steven Mayer, the superintendent of schools in Robbinsville, was struck by a car and killed while jogging on Tuesday morning.
According to a statement issued by the school district, Mayer was struck by a car around 6:15 a.m. Tuesday while jogging near his home on Robbinsville-Edinburg Road (Route 526). The circumstances leading to the accident were not disclosed. Mayer's dog was also killed in the incident.
All Robbinsville schools will be closed on Tuesday and Wednesday and all after-school activities are cancelled. Grief counseling will be made available for students and community members this afternoon in the commons area.
A candlelight vigil has been scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday night at the Foxmoor Community Park on Washington Boulevard gazebo. Residents should walk or park at the Foxmoor Shopping Plaza. Flowers can be placed in Dr. Mayer's memory at the gazebo at the park as well.
Richard Fitzpatrick, the superintendent of schools in the neighboring Upper Freehold Regional School District, said he was shocked to hear of a man he called "robust" and physically fit. "He certainly was a man that was solely dedicated to what was in the best interests of kids," Fitzpatrick said.
He recalled working with Mayer to allow some swimmers and hockey players from his smaller high school join the Robbinsville teams. "It was all about trying to help me with my kids and trying to help him have a stronger program. And it was all based on what's right for kids" and the positive attitude he had to make ideas work.
"His heart was in the always in the right place. He was such a noble, honorable man completely dedicated to his work as an educator," Fitzpatrick said.
Many comments to the New Jersey 101.5 Facebook page had fond memories of Meyer. "I worked with Steve for many years in WW-P. He was our principal at Grover. Speaking for all, we are devastated and saddened by this tragic loss. Our thoughts go out to his family, friends and the Robbinsville community," wrote Lisa Witt-Pinaire. "He was an inspiration to both teaching & parenting~a great loss," commented Diana Trujilio
Robbinsville Township Police and the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office are investigating the incident.
Patrick Lavery contributed to this report.