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