Police recently arrested a Madison NJ man accused of leaving the scene of an accident in Chatham Township, New Jersey. The car crash ultimately proved fatal, with the pedestrian dying as a result of his injuries.
The fatal accident occurred a short time after 5:00 p.m. on Shunpike Road in Chatham Township, NJ. According to authorities, the suspect was behind the wheel of a silver 1997 Nissan Sentra and traveling on the road when he struck a pedestrian. Afterwards, the suspect allegedly continued driving and failed to stop or otherwise offer assistance to the auto accident victim.
Other motorists dialed 911 and alerted the Chatham Township Police Department, which dispatched officers and emergency responders to the scene of the accident. The victim, a Glen Cove NY man, was then rushed to a nearby hospital. Tragically, doctors at the medical facility could not save his life. The victim was 76 years of age when he died.
Law enforcement investigated the hit-and-run accident and determined that the victim was walking outside of a crosswalk when he was struck. Chatham NJ detectives eventually identified the hit-and-run suspect as a 62-year-old man from Madison, New Jersey.
The suspect faces criminal charges for leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death. He was also cited for several traffic violations.
The criminal charge is classified as a second degree offense, which means that the suspect could potentially be sentenced to 5-10 years behind bars if he is convicted at trial in Morris County Superior Court.
For further information about this case, see the NJ.com article, “62-Year-Old Man Charged in Fatal Hit-and-Run Crash in Chatham.”