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UPDATE: Arrest Made in Newark Deadly Hit-and-Run of Woman

By rlsmetro on

Authorities at the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force, which includes detectives from the Newark Police Department, are investigating a fatal motor vehicle incident that resulted in the death of Ms. Bessie R. Leake, 42, of Newark. 

Officials said the preliminary investigation indicates that on Tuesday, Oct. 5, at approximately 6:36 pm, the victim was struck on the 300 block of 6th Avenue in Newark by a car traveling at a high rate of speed. 

Medical professionals pronounced Leakes dead at the scene at 6:59 p.m. 

Leake’s young daughter reportedly witnessed the incident but wasn't injured.

According to police, the driver of the Infiniti Q50 hit a parked car and fled the scene but was later apprehended.

Officials said no charges have been filed at this time.

The investigation is active and ongoing. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force tips line at 1-877-TIPS-4EC or 1-877-847-7432