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Crime Stopper Reward Offered in Nutley Fatal Hit-and-Run


Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura’s Crime Stoppers Program is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and the conviction of the hit-and-run driver who fatally struck 75-year-old Roseann Ratz of Lyndhurst.

According to police, on Thursday, October 15, 2020, Ratz and a female friend were crossing the street in the area of Washington Avenue and Rutgers Place in Nutley when she was struck by a car that fled the scene.

Police said that she was transported to St. Joseph’s University Hospital where she was pronounced dead at 7:58 pm on October 16, 2020. To date, no arrests have been made in this active and ongoing investigation.

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, and Nutley Police Chief Thomas J. Strumolo are urging anyone with information to contact the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force at 1-877-TIPS-4EC or 1-877-847-7432.  Calls will be kept confidential.