UPDATE: 66-Year-Old Franklinville Man Charged with Fatal Pedestrian Hit-and-Run in Gloucester Township
Police in Gloucester Township took a 66-year-old man Franklinville man into custody and charged him with the Tuesday night fatal pedestrian hit and run crash according to officials.
In a statement released by Gloucester Township, officials say at approximately 8:16 pm, Gloucester Township Police were dispatched to the 2000 Block of Sicklerville road for a report of a pedestrian struck by a vehicle suffering from serious injuries.
Officials say, upon officers arrival, it was determined the striking vehicle fled the scene and a 'pick-up and hold' was broadcasted for the suspect vehicle. Gloucester Township Fire Department, GTEMS and Virtua Paramedics arrived and assisted with rendering medical treatment to the 18-year-old pedestrian who was transported to Jefferson Hospital in Washington Township where he succumbed to his injuries.
The Gloucester Township Serious Crash Investigation Team (SCIT), Investigations Bureau Detectives and Camden County Prosecutor’s Office responded to the scene to investigate the crash.
According to the statement released by police, as officers were following up with leads and tips provided by witnesses and the public as to the cause of the crash and suspect vehicle identity, the driver of the vehicle turned himself into Gloucester Township Police Headquarters.
Police say they recovered the vehicle used in the fatal hit and run.
Police closed Sicklerville Road for approximately 4 hours during the initial investigation of the crash.
The driver, Mr. Bruce Bennett, 66, was taken into custody and charged with Leaving the Scene of a Motor Vehicle Accident Resulting in Death, A Second Degree Crime. He was released pending his next court appearance in accordance with bail reform guidelines police said.
If anyone witnessed the crash or has any information related to it please contact the Gloucester Township Police Department at 856-228-4500 or at our GTPD Anonymous Tip Line at 856-842-5560.