Police recently apprehended a man accused of causing a serious car crash in Stillwater NJ and then leaving the scene of the accident.
The motor vehicle accident occurred on August 29, 2016 at the intersection of Stillwater Road and Possum Hill Road in Stillwater, New Jersey. The suspect was reportedly behind the wheel of a blue Jeep Cherokee that crashed on the roadway and caused significant property damage.
Afterwards, the suspect allegedly did not stop to check on any potential accident victims. Moreover, said authorities, the suspect failed to call 911.
New Jersey State Police troopers investigated the accident and determined that the suspect likely caused the crash by failing to come to a complete stop at the intersection. Investigators were also able to determine the suspect’s identity by speaking with multiple witnesses who reportedly saw him operating the vehicle.
NJ State Police troopers were later able to locate the suspect’s Jeep parked in a wooded area near his home. According to law enforcement, the Jeep sustained significant damage to its front end as a result of the auto accident.
The suspect is a 20-year-old male from Newton, NJ. He has been charged with multiple crimes, including leaving the scene of an accident resulting in serious injury, assault by auto, endangering an injured victim, and hindering apprehension. The suspect also faces charges for tampering with evidence because he allegedly tried to cover up evidence of the auto accident after the fact.
After being placed under arrest and charged, the suspect was released from police custody on his own recognizance. He will have to appear in court at a later date to address the charges against him.
For more information about this case, view the NJ.com article, “Cops Arrest Man Wanted in Stillwater Hit-and-Run Crash.”