BRIDGEWATER — A 28-year-old mother was struck and killed on Route 28 in Bridgewater early Sunday morning.

Police said Kelsey Benson, 28, was walking along Route 28 westbound near Vanderveer Road around 12:45 a.m. when she was hit by a 2008 Lexus operated by Yan Yan Han, 59, of Bridgewater.

Police said Benson was pronounced dead at the scene by the Robert Wood Johnson Hospital Paramedic unit.

The circumstances of the crash were not disclosed by police.

No charges have been filed and the crash remains under investigation.

According to a Facebook post by her sister, Benson was mother to an 18-month daughter.

"I am at a loss for words. It doesn’t even feel real," her sister wrote. "I feel like you’ll be walking the door every time it opens. I want you back and would give anything and everything for you to be here again. You were my sister my best friend and the person I went to for everything. You were such a beautiful soul inside and out who didn’t deserve to end this journey so soon."

Police asked anyone with information about the crash to contact the department's Traffic Safety Unit at (908) 722-4111 ext. 4186.

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A trip to New Jersey doesn't have to be all about the beach. Our state has some incredible trails, waterfalls, and lakes to enjoy.

From the Pine Barrens to the Appalachian Trail to the hidden gems of New Jersey, you have plenty of options for a great hike. Hiking is such a great way to spend time outdoors and enjoy nature, plus it's a great workout.

Before you go out on the trails and explore some of our listeners' suggestions, I have some tips on hiking etiquette from the American Hiking Society.

If you are going downhill and run into an uphill hiker, step to the side and give the uphill hiker space. A hiker going uphill has the right of way unless they stop to catch their breath.

Always stay on the trail, you may see side paths, unless they are marked as an official trail, steer clear of them. By going off-trail you may cause damage to the ecosystems around the trail, the plants, and wildlife that live there.

You also do not want to disturb the wildlife you encounter, just keep your distance from the wildlife and continue hiking.

Bicyclists should yield to hikers and horses. Hikers should also yield to horses, but I’m not sure how many horses you will encounter on the trails in New Jersey.
If you are thinking of bringing your dog on your hike, they should be leashed, and make sure to clean up all pet waste.

Lastly, be mindful of the weather, if the trail is too muddy, it's probably best to save your hike for another day.

I asked our listeners for their suggestions of the best hiking spots in New Jersey, check out their suggestions:

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