August 7, 2019

Princeton Oncologist Dies After Washington Road Accident

By Anne Levin

A Princeton physician who was struck at 10:30 a.m. on July 30 by a pickup truck while crossing Washington Road at Prospect Avenue has died as a result of his injuries. Dr. Michael Reiss passed away due to brain trauma, according to information from the McCafferty Funeral Home. He was 68.

A report issued by the Princeton Police Department on Monday, August 5 said the Ford F350 pickup truck was operated by Antonio Pirone, 42, of Princeton. The truck was stopped facing west at the traffic light on Prospect Avenue at the intersection of Washington Road. When the light turned green, the vehicle proceeded to make a left turn onto Washington Road, going south.

At that time, Pirone failed to see Reiss walking eastbound within the southern crosswalk on Washington Road. As a result, his front bumper struck Reiss, who was approximately halfway through the crosswalk. The impact, though at a low rate of speed, knocked him to the ground, causing him to roll and strike the back of his head on the pavement.

Reiss was taken to Capital Health Regional Medical Center for treatment, and later moved to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center in Philadelphia. The police were notified on August 2 that Reiss had succumbed to his injuries.

Pirone was issued a summons for failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk. The case is still under investigation.

“Michael was a physician scientist who dedicated his career to his patients and to basic science research to understand and defeat cancer,” reads a posting on the McCafferty Funeral Home webpage. “He worked extensively in breast cancer and most recently was working on a breast cancer vaccine.

“He was a dedicated husband, father, and Opa to his two beloved granddaughters. He is survived by his wife, two children, and his brother, who are completely heartbroken by this sudden loss. He will be greatly missed.”

No service is planned.