Washington Township Man Charged with Fatally Striking Woman Then Driving From the Scene: Police
Police charged a Washington Township man with causing the death of a 44-year-old woman in a hit-and-run motor vehicle collision early Saturday on the southbound shoulder of Route 42 near the Ganttown Road intersection, Washington Township.
Police say, Nicholas Jahn, 34, is charged with second-degree vehicular homicide by falling asleep while driving, leaving the scene of a fatal crash, and endangering a victim.
Police found Jahn at his residence Saturday afternoon when they placed him under arrest.
Jahn, a teacher in Woodbury, was occupying a Honda Pilot SUV believed to have been involved in the crash according to police.
The victim, Jawana Wilcox of Collingswood was found by a resident of the Golden Luck Motel on Route 42.
Police believe Wilcox was struck while approaching a bus stop near the motel, carrying a suitcase at about 3:20 a.m. on Saturday.
An autopsy by the Gloucester County Medical Examiner determined the cause of her death was blunt head trauma.
The incident is being investigated by the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office and the Washington Township Police Department.
Following the arrest of Jahn, Gloucester County Prosecutor Charles J. Fiore said "I would like to thank the investigators of the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office and the law enforcement officers of the Washington Township Police Department for their diligent and tireless efforts. This joint investigation led to the apprehension of the driver of the hit-and-run vehicle within hours of this tragic incident. This investigation was a clear indication of the collaborative effort that exists between the GCPO and local police departments."