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Brick Police Expand Description of Vehicle in Hit-and-Run; Pedestrian Still Critical

Police searching for dark blue or gray 4-door sedan

Brick Police responding to a hit-and-run Dec. 3. Credit: Chris Swendeman, Townsquare Media NJ.
Brick Police responding to a hit-and-run Dec. 3. Credit: Chris Swendeman, Townsquare Media NJ.
Brick Police are expanding their description of a vehicle that hit a 68 year-old pedestrian on Lanes Mills Road at 5:43 p.m. Dec. 2, as county and local authorities continue to search for the car and driver.

Brick Police Sgt. Henry Drew said the original description was a dark red, possible Nissan. But surveillance footage has broadened the description to include other colors and models, he said.
Police are continuing the investigation but searching for a possibly gray or blue, darker colored 4-door sedan, newer than 2005.
Video footage shows a license plate containing the letters C, H and Z, Drew said.
The sedan has a body type such as a Hyundai Sonata, Honda Accord, Toyota Camry or Nissan Maxima.
From Drew:

"The suspect vehicle that fled the scene which was originally described by a witness as a 2005 or newer dark red Nissan 4-door sedan has been expanded upon.  After obtaining video footage, the vehicle appears to have been a newer 4-door sedan, dark in color possibly gray or blue.  Models to be considered are a Hyundai Sonata, Honda Accord, Toyota Camry or Nissan Maxima.  The license plate number of the vehicle is believed to contain the letters “C”, “H” and “Z” as part of the registration."

Police have placed a flashing sign near the crash site, in hopes of drawing more witnesses forward. Drew said the video footage shows the potential for many witnesses, given the amount of traffic at the time of the crash. 

"The video footage also reveals that the volume of vehicular traffic in the area was heavy at the time of the crash," Drew said in a press release. "Based on the footage, there should have been several motorists that observed the crash or observed the suspect vehicle that briefly pulled over to the side of the roadway before fleeing.  Anyone who witnessed either is asked to contact the Traffic Safety Unit immediately."

Police are also hoping that area residents be on the lookout for vehicles with damage, and other clues, visible from the front of a residence.

From Brick Police:

The Traffic Safety Unit is also asking the public to report any unusual activity in their area such as:

·      Vehicles parked and covered

·      Vehicles parked in backyards of a residence

·      Vehicles parked in a garage

·      Vehicles left in parking lots for the past few days

·      Vehicles that are no longer at a particular location

The vehicle is believed to have front end damage, including the grill, hood and windshield, after hitting James Joseph Cox, a pedestrian on Lanes Mill Road at 5:43 p.m. Monday. Cox remains in critical condition Thursday, police said.

The incident was southbound on Lanes Mill Road, as Cox was crossing from a parking lot to get to Parkway Pizza, he was struck in the right travel lane. The vehicle continued south.

Anyone who may information regarding the vehicle and driver that fled the scene is asked to contact Officer Jay Lampiasi at 732-262-1141, or Detective David Margentino at 732-929-2027, extension 2946.  

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
patrickbrick December 05, 2013 at 05:57 PM
To the family of Jimmy Cox we offer our prayers and hope for a full recovery. For the person who hit Mr. Cox,.... please have the courage to come foward. Accidents do happen. Leaving him on the roadway was a horrible thing to do, you can still save yourself. Do the right thing. Please, no more negative comments, life is a short ride. Think about it!
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...

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