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Fatal Hit-and-Run Under Investigation in Morristown


Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Morristown Police Chief Peter Demnitz can confirm an active investigation into a fatal hit and run that is alleged to have occurred on June 27th in Morristown.

Officials are currently investigating a fatality resulting from a hit and run vehicle collision that occurred on the night of June 27th in the area of Martin Luther King Avenue in Morristown.

Law enforcement were notified of an injured person believed to have been struck by a vehicle that then left the scene. The victim, later identified at Victor Padilla, Jr., 27, of Morristown, ultimately succumbed to his injuries on July 7th at Morristown Medical Center.

According to authorities, the vehicle believed to have been involved in this incident was located by law enforcement shortly after this incident. The circumstances surrounding this incident are still under investigation.

There are no charges at this time, but the investigation is active and ongoing.

Multiple other agencies have been assisting in this investigation, including the Morris Township Police Department, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office, and the Morris County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit at 973-285-6200, the Morristown Police Department at 973-538-2200, or Morris County CrimeStoppers at, 973-COP-CALL, or Text 274637 using keyword “MORRISTIP".