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Police Searching for Driver in Fatal Route 70 Hit-and-Run Sunday Morning

Police Lights (Photo: Jason Rojas/Flickr)

Police Lights (Photo: Jason Rojas/Flickr)

A 28-year-old woman did not survive a hit-and-run incident at a major intersection of Route 70 early Sunday morning in Toms River Township.

According to a statement from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, police were called to the intersection of the state highway and New Hampshire Avenue at about 2:10 a.m. Sunday, arriving to find the woman – whose name has not been released publicly – lying in the roadway. According to a witness on the scene, the driver exited his vehicle, looked at pedestrian and then fled in the vehicle east on Route 70 toward Lakewood.

The witness, according to the statement, described the vehicle as a dark colored 2003-2009 Ford Explorer. The vehicle has “significant damage to the front passenger side, including an inoperable passenger side headlight and hood damage.”

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The driver is described as a tall, thin, white male, with blonde or reddish hair.

First responders immediately rendered aid to the victim along with EMTs and paramedics, and a pulse was initially regained. She was transported to Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus, Lakewood, where she was later pronounced deceased.

Anyone with information about the incident is being asked to contact Detective Anthony Carrington of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Vehicular Homicide Unit at 732-929-2027, ext. 3257, Toms River Police Cpl. Robert Westfall at, or the Toms River Township Police Detective Bureau at 732-349-0150.

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