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.