HIT AND RUN UPDATE TOWN OF CLINTON

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At 7:11am Thursday July 28th at the intersection of Main Street and Leigh Street in Clinton, a male bicyclist who was talking on a cell phone traveling north on the western sidewalk along Leigh Street into the crosswalk at Main Street was struck by a vehicle described by witnesses as a greenish colored SUV operated by a middle aged female that was crossing Leigh Street from Main Street onto East Main Street, the striking vehicle was seen by witnesses leaving the scene without stopping.

On Saturday July 30th a male, Bill Johnson, age 27 of High Bridge came to Police H.Q and identified himself as the bicyclist involved in this accident and made a statement to police.

On Sunday July 31st a female, Theresa Moncada, age 73 of Union Township came to Police H.Q. and identifed herself as the driver of a green 2010 Honda SUV that was involved in this accident and provided a statement to police. In that statement the motorist indicated that she thought that she had “hit a garbage can by J.J.Scoops Ice Cream Parlor, looked back thru rear view mirror” and “saw a young man picking up a bicycle and waved me on to go”. The motorist further stated that she returned to the scene to check to make sure that everything was ok but that no one was there.

This accident remains under investigation by Sergeant Jay Hunter and Motor Vehicle charges against both the bicyclist and motorist are pending additional interviews with witnesses to the incident.

The filing of charges is merely the first step in the justice process and all persons mentioned in this press release are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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