According to Roselle Police officials, at approximately 7:01 a.m. on Thursday, January 13, Police Units responded to West 1st Avenue near the intersection of Chestnut Street on reports of a hit-and-run motor vehicle collision involving a pedestrian.
A preliminary investigation determined that Ms. Margaret Irwin-Montemayor, 61, from Roselle, was struck by what investigators believe to be a dark color Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) that fled the scene, officials say.
Authorities say the known damage to the SUV is a broken passenger side headlamp.
Irwin-Montemayor was transported to University Hospital (UMDNJ), in Newark, with severe, non-fatal injuries.
Ms. Irwin-Montemayor's family tells RLS Media that her mother's injuries include a collapsed lung, bruised face and leg, and pain in her knee and leg.
Irwin-Montemayor's family was on a ventilator and had spine surgery due to the crash fracturing her spine in three places and University Hospital doctors used screws to repair her hip.
"She's in a lot of pain and can barely get out of bed. I'm worried my mom will not walk well or drive again,” Ms. Irwin-Montemayor's daughter tells RLS Media.
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The Roselle Police Department Traffic Safety units are the lead investigators, and the crash is still under investigation.
Anyone with information about this incident or suspect is urged to contact Sergeant E. McGrath at (908) 259-4016 or via email at EMcGrath@RosellePD.Com.