Arrest Made In Lanes Mill Hit-And-Run That Left Brick 68-Year-Old Critical

Information revealed that the suspect was actively attempting to have the vehicle repaired at a body shop in northern New Jersey, police said

A 44-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a hit-and-run accident that left a 68-year-old pedestrian in critical condition, police said.

Steven P. Ananko, 44, of Serpentine Drive in Bayville was charged with knowingly leaving a motor vehicle accident with serious bodily injury, tampering with physical evidence and hindering apprehension.
Brick Police and county investigators had searched for a dark red sedan, possibly a Nissan Sentra or Maxima, that struck pedestrian James Joseph Cox on Tuesday on Lanes Mill Road near Burnt Tavern Road.

Police said the vehicle hit Cox and sent him into the right lane on Lanes Mill, police said. A witness came to Cox's aid as he lay in the road injured as the sedan slowed then drove off, police said.

The 68-year-old pedestrian remains in critical condition at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune.

Through the use of video surveillance from the area of the accident, and an examination of EZ-Pass toll records, several possible suspect vehicles were identified, police said.

Through further investigation, and interviews, Ananko’s vehicle was identified. Officers then responded to Ananko’s residence in Bayville, where his car could not be located, police said.

While at the residence, another vehicle owned by Ananko was observed in the area. The vehicle was stopped a short distance away by officers from the Berkley Township Police Department, police said.

Ananko, who was a passenger in this vehicle, agreed to accompany officers back to the Brick Township Police Department.  Through further investigation at Brick Police Headquarters, it was determined that Ananko was in fact the driver involved in the crash, police said.

Information was also developed that Ananko was actively attempting to have the vehicle repaired at a body shop in northern New Jersey.

The Ocean County Sheriff’s Department Criminal Investigation Unit responded to the body shop in northern New Jersey where the vehicle was seized as evidence. 

Bail was set by the Honorable Judge Robert Lepore at $50,000 with no option to post 10 percent. Ananko posted bail at Brick Police Headquarters and was released pending court proceedings.

The investigation was conducted by Ptl. Jay Lampiasi, Ptl. Scott Dierking, and Sgt. Henry Drew of the Brick Township Police Department, and Detectives David Margentino, and Michael Proto of the Ocean County Prosecutors Office Vehicular Homicide Unit.  

Tom Adams December 07, 2013 at 05:49 PM
Yes, i am also very impressed with the investigative efforts by the police. They deserve applause for finding the assailant with such little evidence. I hope he does hard time!
WMS826 December 07, 2013 at 07:57 PM
Job well done...was he buying heroin here..why was he in town.
Mare December 07, 2013 at 08:06 PM
Way to go Brick PD, excellent work! Hopefully Mr. Cox will pull through this soon. Ananko, you need to rot in jail for this you heartless pos.
Joey Joe December 07, 2013 at 08:32 PM
Gee....where is Betty Boop now? Basically she said (not in so many words - but the innuendo was there) that the Police in Brick lacked any significant investigative skills... Well gee, the hit & run perpetrator has been caught…. How? Utilizing very good Police investigative work… Below are a few of Betty BOOB’s iniquitous postings where she not only shows her unmatched ignorance, but also her coldness, heartlessness and cruelty.. Betty Boop December 05, 2013 at 05:11 PM If they have 3 letters of a license plate, why don't they search the NJ database? smh Joey Joe December 05, 2013 at 07:37 PM @betty - I think they thought of that !!! Betty Boop December 05, 2013 at 09:50 PM Joey Joe, you are giving Brick police wayyy too much credit. First, why tell everyone the 3 letters?? Second, did Patch ask that basic question of running it through the database?? Joey Joe December 06, 2013 at 01:15 PM @Betty - Well, we'll have to agree to disagree... We're not talking Barney Fife and Mayberry here... Betty Boop December 3, 2013 at 11:34 am Did they give the pedestrian a ticket? Not permitted to cross the street there. Too lazy to walk to the corner where the Wawa is to cross? Betty Boop December 3, 2013 at 01:05 pm 50+ years... There are consequences for the pedestrian for crossing the street where he is not legally permitted. He got hit. Maybe that will teach him a lesson. He only had to walk 100yds to the corner with the light and cross at that point. There is a ton of traffic flowing through there at that time of day. btw. My views are the same when someone dies in a car crash and was not wearing a seatbelt. There are consequences. Betty Boop December 03, 2013 at 09:47 PM Lacey and Kevin, There are consequences for not following the law when crossing where not permitted across 4 lane highway. If he doesn't walk again, he will serve a lesson. The driver is guilty of hit and run, but hitting him was not his fault as the pedestrian was equally if not more culpable. Betty Boop December 03, 2013 at 09:49 PM If Brick police doesn't issue a ticket to the pedestrian in the hospital, they are cowards!! JoeyJoe - I wish the best to Mr. Cox and sincerely hope he pulls through, and his family is also in my thoughts and prayers… Keep the faith, there are many people praying for Mr. Cox and family….
Betty Boop December 07, 2013 at 08:54 PM
I'm still waiting for Mr. Cox to get a ticket. Never said the driver didn't violate laws by leaving the scene. It appears the toll plaza cameras provided more info and they couldn't find it through the database. Frankly, you don't give the press the 3 letters to the license plate if you can't figure it out on the license place database.
HermNation December 07, 2013 at 09:05 PM
Hey Betty Boop, why don't you go to the hospital and tell Mr. Cox's family and friends that YOU'RE still waiting for him to get a ticket. Who are you? The driver's friend, wife, sister? Do you even know him? What about Mr Cox, do you know him? What else are you waiting for? Winning lottery ticket..Peace on earth? Could you even handle that? I wish you were my neighbor so I could personally take you up to Mr Cox so you can tell him and his family exactly how you feel, in person. Face to face. You're a coward. You're a joke. There are consequences for being a complete jerk behind a user name. Karma. Get some.
Joey Joe December 07, 2013 at 09:27 PM
@Boop - OR PERHAPS there were a zillion license plates with those letters in the data base along with possibly all 50 states involved... proper investigation takes a bit of time...doing it in 4 days is INMO pretty damn good police work...
Joey Joe December 07, 2013 at 09:35 PM
@Boop... and BTW there is no toll booth at that interchange heading South on the Parkway..
Joey Joe December 07, 2013 at 09:52 PM
Here is the story from the APP....it gives more detail.... BRICK — A Berkeley resident, Steven P. Ananko, 44, was charged with leaving the scene of an accident after a pedestrian was struck on Lanes Mill Road on Monday night, authorities said. The pedestrian, James Joseph Cox, 68, of Brick was badly injured in the accident. He was still in critical condition Saturday, Brick police Sgt. Henry Drew said. At 5:45 a.m. Saturday, police and Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office detectives went to a home on Serpentine Drive in Berkeley, looking for the hit-and-run suspect, said Al Della Fave, a spokesman for the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office. At the home, police encountered the 16-year-old son of the suspect, who said his father was not home. The boy then mentioned that his father’s Ford Fusion was up north getting repaired from an accident with a deer, Della Fave said. As investigators were speaking to the son, the suspect and his wife drove by and then fled the area once they saw police activity in front of their home, Della Fave said. Police then stopped the car about a quarter mile east and arrested Ananko. Officers in the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department Criminal Investigation Unit went to the auto body shop in northern New Jersey and seized the vehicle as evidence. Ananko was charged with tampering with evidence, knowingly leaving the scene of an accident with serious bodily injury, and hindering apprehension, according to Della Fave. He posted $50,000 bail and was released. The Brick Township Police Department and detectives from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office used surveillance footage from local stores and information from EZPass records to locate several suspects, Della Fave said. Through process of elimination and interviews, they were able to narrow the search down to one suspect. “This was some outstanding police work by the detectives involved,” Della Fave said. “They were able to overcome a ton of obstacles and really go from square one using the surveillance footage.” Around 5:40 p.m. Monday, the pedestrian, Cox, was attempting to cross Lanes Mill Road approximately 450 feet south of Burnt Tavern Road, said Sgt. David Bedrosian, the Traffic Safety Unit supervisor and a spokesman for the police department. Cox was struck by a car headed south on Lanes Mill Road, police said. Witnesses said the vehicle slowed briefly before leaving the scene, then continued south on Lanes Mill Road. A witness stopped and tended to Cox, who suffered multiple serious injuries, police said. Cox was taken in critical condition to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune. The investigation was conducted by Patrolman Jay Lampiasi, Patrolman Scott Dierking and Sgt. Henry Drew of the Brick Township Police Department, and Detectives David Margentino and Michael Proto of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Vehicular Homicide Unit. The Asbury Park Press asked Brick police for a photo of the suspect, but they refused. Brett Bodner: 732-643-4223; bbodner@njpressmedia.com
Bob December 08, 2013 at 07:35 AM
Sad part is if Mr. Ananko had stopped this would be moot and maybe we would be talking about Mr. Cox's jaywalking. Makes you wonder why he didn't stop????
Beach Mover December 08, 2013 at 08:31 AM
Betty until you know all the reasons Mr Cox's was crossing the road maybe you should keep your comments to yourself. You might be surprised. There are many camera's in thd area.
Joey Joe December 08, 2013 at 09:23 AM
@Bob - Something to hide perhaps????? I dunno...
doreen December 08, 2013 at 09:50 AM
Something to hide for sure, otherwise why would he bring his car to North Jersey for repair. He told his son he hit a deer, excellent role model for this boy. I just can't get over how a grown 44 year old man could do this. Does he realize how many lives he' s destroyed? Probably better question is does he care? NO
Jean December 08, 2013 at 10:27 AM
Good job Brick Police. Glad you found him. Hope the victim recovers.
50plusyearsinBrick December 09, 2013 at 09:36 AM
Prayers for mr. Cox recovery. As for Mr. Ananko, well he is now living in his own self made hell. I hope justice prevails. I do feel sorry for his family to have this shame put upon them. Very sad. Again, most important is Mr. Cox and HIS family.
Mare December 09, 2013 at 10:12 AM
So sad that he involved his son in that way. No child should have to look up to a liar. This entire story just gets sadder by the minute. Keeping Mr. Cox in my thoughts for a speedy recovery.
Joey Joe December 09, 2013 at 06:46 PM
@Mare - yes I agree... His Son threw him under the bus because he was lied to. I guess Daddy didn't want to admit to his Son that he hit a person & NOT a deer - and then RAN like a little pip squeak.. Wonder what his Son thinks of him now that the truth is known...and I wonder what the guys wife thinks of him now as well. I'm sure the kid will have to endure some "stuff" from the kids he goes to school with... Sad in so many ways... Has anyone heard anything new regarding the condition of the victim????
Jerseygirl December 09, 2013 at 09:34 PM
Joey Joe Thank you for asking about the victim it seems people forget that a man is fighting for his life right now. Mr Cox is still in critical condition Please keep the prayers coming Thank you.
50plusyearsinBrick December 23, 2013 at 05:32 PM
Nick.... Please tell me you are not a product of the Brick school system. Taking the high road, I will wish you a Merry Christmas...reflection is good for the soul. Just sayin'.
Joey Joe December 23, 2013 at 06:07 PM
@50plus - LOL..ya never know
Beach Mover December 23, 2013 at 06:25 PM
THE NICK HIT PARADE QUOTES FROM THE PATCH I heard that is was done by a white boy. "very merry moths fn Xmas " All you people are racist hypocrites "guys is a real jerk for for doing that. But hes italian. What do you expect.
The return of Kelly Dubois December 23, 2013 at 08:55 PM
Nick. You are absolutely right. These people on here are cry babies and they all are so miserable
The return of Kelly Dubois December 23, 2013 at 09:12 PM
Beach mover, u sound like u have a crush on nick. I know I do
doreen December 23, 2013 at 10:38 PM
Hope Mr. Cox is getting better. As for some of these comments, I have a 3rd grader who writes and speaks better than you. You should be ashamed of yourself.
The return of Kelly Dubois December 23, 2013 at 10:43 PM
You n ur third grader can kiss my grits. Maybe ur third grader can cross a road n not get hit by a north jersey Italian goon
The return of Kelly Dubois December 23, 2013 at 10:46 PM
For the record. I hope he gets better, but let's get real. It's the towns fault for the road
Stephen December 23, 2013 at 10:50 PM
Nick=Kelly, read what they write. No TWO people could that dumb.
Stephen December 23, 2013 at 10:53 PM
Hey kelly, Nicky...whatever your name is tonight...Ananko is russian...just for the record. Ain't no body calling you Einstein Nicky!
The return of Kelly Dubois December 23, 2013 at 10:54 PM
Excuse me? Who the hell do you think you are sir? Just because I agree with someone? You are a fascist. I can't have an opinion ? And aren't you the man in the other posts that denigrate women? Yes ! You are!
Stephen December 23, 2013 at 11:04 PM
I haven't denigrated anyone here Nicky except maybe you & your alter-ego.


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