Tyrone Harrison

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Prosecutor: Beloved NJ educator killed by hit-and-run drag racer

October 11, 2018 - 10:11 am

PISCATAWAY, NJ (1010 WINS) -- Cops are searching for the drag racing driver they say killed a beloved educator.

Video released by the Middlesex County Prosecutor shows three cars screaming down Stelton Road in Piscataway on Saturday night.

The drag race turned deadly when a Honda hit 49-year-old Tyrone Harrison as he was walking to a relative's home from the train station in Edison.

“The individual killed somebody and fled the scene, didn’t stick around,” Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey said.

Harrison was vice principal for two decades at New Brunswick High School, he's also a husband and father. Friends described Harrison as a gentle giant, more than 6' tall, but never one to raise his voice.

"He was a very good man, a caring person, a lovable person. Had a lot of respect here, he got me out of trouble a few times.” former student Troy Wilcox said.

Authorities believe a drag racing group called 78 Imports is involved -- they posted about a meetup on Facebook.

Carey said drag racing on public roads has been on the rise, and that Middlesex County has the highest rate of fatal car crashes in New Jersey.