By: Najla Alexander
Authorities in Morris County announced the sentencing of Jermaine Edwards, formerly of Morristown, in connection with a fatal hit-and-run accident in Morristown.
Morris County Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll stated on October 18, 2023, Edwards entered a guilty plea to second-degree Knowingly Leaving the Scene of an Accident Resulting in Death before the Honorable Ralph E. Amirata, J.S.C.
Officials stated that on November 17, Judge Amirata imposed a custodial sentence of 5 years in NJSP plus a 5-year license suspension following Edwards’ release from custody.
The charges arise from an incident occurring at approximately 9:01 p.m. on Saturday, August 12, 2023, in Morristown, officials said.
According to officials, Morristown Police officers were alerted to a motor vehicle crash involving a pedestrian in the area of Lafayette Avenue and Lackawanna Place.
Officers identified a male victim to have been struck by a motor vehicle that then fled the area, officials say.
Authorities say the male victim was deceased.
Further investigation, officials said, revealed that Jermaine Edwards was operating the vehicle that struck the victim and then fled the scene.
Officials say, as a result of the investigation, Edwards was charged with one count of second-degree Leaving the Scene of an Accident Resulting in Death.Edwards has been remanded to the Morris County Correctional Facility since the time of his arrest, officials stated.