UPDATE: Suspect Arrested in Hit-and-Run That Severely Injured Utility Worker
Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Christopher L.C. Kuberiet and Chief David Irizarry of the Metuchen Police Department announced that a man has been arrested and charged in the hit and run, which took place in the Borough during the early morning hours of March 2.
Officials say Paddy Flynn, 18, of Toms River was arrested yesterday and charged with aggravated assault in the second degree, leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident resulting in serious bodily injury in the third degree, and various motor vehicle summonses.
The continuing investigation determined that on March 2, at approximately 9:01 am, Flynn was driving a white Ford F 250 pickup truck and struck a utility worker in the crosswalk at the intersection of Middlesex Avenue and Grove Avenue. He then fled the scene.
The 51-year old utility worker from Whippany, who was struck in the hit and run, remains in critical condition. Yesterday, law enforcement was seeking assistance in identifying the driver of a white pick up truck who was seen near the incident.
That driver contacted authorities and was ultimately determined to be a witness. That contact furthered the investigation that led to the identification of the perpetrator, Paddy Flynn, according to officials.
Flynn is scheduled for his initial court appearance via video this afternoon in New Brunswick Superior Court.
The investigation is active and continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call Sergeant Belluscio of the Metuchen Police Department at (732) 632-8500 or Detective Berman of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office (732) 745-4328