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UPDATE: Police Continue Search for Driver in Hit-and-Run That Left Brick Man Critically Injured

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 Sgt. Henry Drew said county and local police are actively searching for the vehicle involved in last night's crash, that left a Brick 68-year-old pedestrian in critical condition after a hit-and-run on Lanes Mill Road.

From Drew: "The Traffic Safety Unit is actively working on it with assistance from other local police agencies.  They are still working diligently to identify a vehicle and operator. " No age, gender or number of occupants in the vehicle that drove away have been announced. Police are asking for any witnesses to contact Brick Police, below. 

Drew added that at this stage the investigation is centered on finding the vehicle and operator. Investigators have not yet determined if any other factors were involved in the accident. 


Police are looking for a red Nissan sedan that drove away after critically injuring a 68-year-old pedestrian on Lanes Mill Road near Burnt Tavern.

Brick Police said the man is in critical condition after sustaining multiple serious injuries.

A red Nissan, possibly Altima or Sentra model 2005 or newer, 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.

Police have released the description of the vehicle involved in the hit and run, but have no description of the driver. The impact was reported about 450 feet south of Burn Tavern Road, said Sgt. David Bedrosian, where Cox was attempting to cross the road from the east side, to the parking lot of Parkway Pizza at 12 Lanes Mill Road.

The Nissan was traveling south in the outside rightmost travel lane, police said. The Nissan struck Cox, and the collision sent him into the right lane. The Nissan slowed but then left the scene, heading south on Lanes Mill Road, Bedrosian said. Cox was lying in the road when a witness stopped and tended to him.

Brick Emergency Medical Service, several police units and MONOC Paramedics all arrived and Cox was transported to Jersey Shore University Medical Center.

Southbound traffic on Lanes Mill Road was detoured at Burnt Tavern Road due to the investigation.  One lane of northbound Lanes Mill Road traffic was closed in the area of the crash.  Traffic was detoured in the area for approximately 2-1/2 hours.  

Officer Jay Lampiasi and Sergeant David G. Bedrosian of the Brick Township Police Department’s Traffic Safety Unit responded and are conducting the crash investigation.

Also responding was Detective David Margentino from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Vehicular Homicide Unit.  Members of the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department Criminalistics Investigation Unit also responded to assist.

The cause of the crash is pending further investigation at this time.

Anyone who may have witnessed the crash, or with 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
Jerseygirl December 03, 2013 at 07:55 PM
Wow is all I can say for you ignorant people on this page you fall right into being a scumbag just like the person who hit Mr Cox and left him for dead. He is a loving man with a great family and needs a lot of prayers right now. Please think before you have some stupid negative remark about this accident that you feel needs posting IT DOESN'T his family wife kids and grandchildren are reading this Please give them some respect and be human maybe for a day. Hoping that all of his good in the past will give him the strength to fight this. Lacey keep your head up we all love you and your family and are praying for Grandpa.
A mother December 03, 2013 at 09:39 PM
Please people think before you write. There are family members that are hurting enough they don't need to see such negative uncaring things about there loved one. . Lacey I pray Grandpa will make a full recovery and be home for Christmas. He sounds like a wonderful man from the posts ( good post) I have read. God Bless Mr cox.
john December 03, 2013 at 09:42 PM
blame the driver and call him/her all the names you want....facts are facts...this man crossed the road in a non crossing zone...and walked out right in front of a moving car. maybe the driver just got scared and took off..affraid that he/she might get in alot of trouble for it. joe p,50plus and jerseygirl...please read before commenting..your ignorance is unreal.
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!!
dd1428 December 03, 2013 at 10:38 PM
Betty and John seriously kill yourselves
john December 03, 2013 at 10:39 PM
daria..you are a class act...idiot.
Joe P December 03, 2013 at 10:40 PM
John, maybe you haven't been driving that long and don't really know how things work, but as driver you are to be in control of your vehicle at all times. Plus, being scared of getting in trouble is also not a reason to leave the scene of an accident, especially if someone was injured. If the driver wasn't paying attention or was speeding, he certainly is at fault, regardless of whether the pedestrian was in a crossing zone or not. and Betty Boop - jump back into your comic book world where your ridiculous comments will be better appreciated.
dd1428 December 03, 2013 at 10:48 PM
A person isn't supposed to cross the street there so it's acceptable to leave him seriously injured in the road because the person might have been afraid they would get in a lot of trouble are you crazy??!!!!... But yes John I'm the idiot
john December 03, 2013 at 10:51 PM
joe p..i have been driving for a very long time.yes,you as a driver are in control of your car..but that will not happen at ALL times.thing do happen,like someone stepping out into the road and not being able to avoid the person.even more so when they are not in a cross walk.i know if this because something like this happened to someone i know. he was driving down the road and a man stepped out right infront of his car..the man was killed on impact.when the police showed up they even said.." it is not your fault,there was nothing you could of done to avoid him". my friend was messed up for a very long time..the vision of that man haunted him for a very long time. so,from my end,its easy for me to understand what that person in the car can be thinking about.now,if the person was in the crosswalk and the light was red,reports say the driver was speeding and so on,then i would say the driver is at fault.
Joe P December 03, 2013 at 10:59 PM
John, your experience leaves you biased. In the absence of all the facts, why not just keep your opinion to yourself until the authorities complete the investigation? And if you know the person who left the scene in this case, you should really urge them to turn themselves in.
john December 03, 2013 at 11:07 PM
absent of all the facts? there is one main fact you and everyone else seems to forget....HE WAS NOT IN A CROSSWALK AND STEPPED OUT INTO ON COMING TRAFFIC. what is so hard for you people to understand what you read.this happened at 5:43 pm on a monday..thats heavy traffic time on that stretch of the road. the driver should of stopped...ok but that doesnt excuse the person walking out into on coming traffic....plain and simple.
Joe P December 03, 2013 at 11:11 PM
urge your friend to turn him/herself in.
Jerseygirl December 03, 2013 at 11:19 PM
Hey John he didn't just step out in front of the car first of all so get your facts Straight. secondly sounds like your protecting someone so why don't you do the right thing and have this dirtbag turn him/herself in and face the consequences. And to go back to because he wasn't in a walkway doesn't give this person the right yo leave him lying there thank god for the One human being with a heart stopped to help him.
Betty Boop December 03, 2013 at 11:22 PM
Jerseygirl, he was in the middle of a 4 lane highway. He violated the law. There are consequences.
Betty Boop December 03, 2013 at 11:24 PM
The driver who left the scene of the accident is also in violation of the law and there will be consequences. He is NOT guilty of hitting the pedestrian. The pedestrian is mostly at fault and is culpable for crossing a 4 lane highway where it was not permitted.
Betty Boop December 03, 2013 at 11:26 PM
JoeP, the driver is not at fault of hitting the pedestrian. The pedestrian is 100% culpable.
Betty Boop December 03, 2013 at 11:28 PM
JoeP, hope this serves as a lesson to the pedestrian to cross at the light or crosswalk. He violated the law!!
Joe P December 03, 2013 at 11:46 PM
Betty Boop, urge your friend to turn him/herself in. And lay off the Kool Aid. You can't afford any more brain damage.
Mare December 04, 2013 at 06:46 AM
Betty Boop you are a heartless guy to say the things you have about a man injured so severely. I say guy, because a decent woman would never make such horrible comments about an injured person during a time such as this. Go, get, scat, scram and take your meds. You're cruel and devoid of compassion.
Mare December 04, 2013 at 06:52 AM
If the driver was under the influence, then he was at fault, BUT we will never know that now, much like the DeGilio case (thanks Tony for teaching everyone this: *it pays to leave the scene*). If Joe dies, they should charge the driver with homicide my MV for leaving the scene. If you are NOT under the influence of drugs or alcohol you don't leave the scene. You have your senses about you, so you stay to check and see if the person is ok. Those few minutes of lost medical care mean a lot. This guy was was guilty from the moment he chose to leave the scene.
Livingston Dell December 04, 2013 at 07:58 AM
people J Walk all the time in these areas. If you travel at the posted speed limit and you aren't a distracted driver and you see someone in the left lane majority of the time you able to stop and have enough time to roll down your window tell the j Walker he is a jerk or give him the finger or whatever road rage your into. His car showed damage. I believe the driver wasn't driving at the driver posted speed limit. maybe he was distracted. those stuff won't come out til this guy is captured. and we will one day. post a reward someone will turn him in
L December 04, 2013 at 08:31 AM
A tough situation for all involved. The toughest thing has been reading the comments from some heartless people posting here. The police will figure it out eventually. I pray the victim survives and the driver gets the help he needs too. Best to put your head in gear before you get the fingers going.
Livingston Dell December 04, 2013 at 08:35 AM
@john facts are facts you say and mr. Cox broke the law. If the driver was speeding, impaired, on his cell phone, leaving the scene of a mvc with injuries well that's breaking the law. so he deserves what he gets.
The Peoples Champ December 04, 2013 at 02:20 PM
Betty Boop, how could you be so cold? There is a man in the hospital that may not make it. Hopefully he does! The MORON who hit him left the scene of a CRIME! If he had any heart? He would has stopped and called 911 to help this man. I don't know if you drive or not? However, EVERYONE KNOWS to look out for pedestrians! This JERK was probably DRUNK that's why he or she left the scene of the crime! The driver is the REAL COWARD!
Lucretia B December 05, 2013 at 09:55 AM
It was dark--but was it so dark no oncoming car would see the person crossing the street? Were his clothes dark or light enough to be seen? Was he in the crossing walk when he began to cross the road or was he trying to cross the road elsewhere? Was the street amply lit up? Good wishes to Mr. Cox and prayers go out to his family.
Kevin Sullivan December 05, 2013 at 01:14 PM
Update from the police. The person who hit this man got out of the car to check the damage on their car and then fled the scene
Catherine Galioto (Editor) December 05, 2013 at 02:29 PM
Hello, there is an update to the vehicle description and police have suggested other clues they hope residents will be on the look for. Here is today's post: http://brick.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/brick-police-expand-description-of-vehicle-in-hitandrun-pedestrian-still-critical
Lucretia B December 08, 2013 at 04:07 PM
The driver of the vehicle undoubtedly was in shock the first few minutes after the accident. Even his driving away could be the result of shock. If you hit a man and not a car, wouldn't you be in shock?
50plusyearsinBrick December 08, 2013 at 04:54 PM
Momentary shock and even panic/ fear understandable. Now the driver should step up and turn themselves in or THEY will be tortured by guilt and regret the rest of their lives. More important though is the health and recovery of the victim.


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