Toms River Fatal Hit and Run Under Investigation

Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer and Toms River Township Chief of Police Mitch Little announced that there is an active investigation in connection with a fatal pedestrian hit and run that occurred at approximately 2:10 a.m. on Sunday, October 23, 2022, in the area of Massachusetts Avenue and Route 70.

Toms River Police were dispatched and upon arrival found a 28-year-old female victim 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 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. 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 EMS/Medics, and a pulse was initially regained. She was transported to Southern Monmouth Medical Center where she was later pronounced.

“Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the vehicle and/or its operator is asked to please contact Detective Anthony Carrington of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Vehicular Homicide Unit at 732-929-2027, ext. 3257, or Toms River Police Officer Corporal Robert Westfall at [email protected], or the Toms River Township Police Detective Bureau at 732-349-0150,” Prosecutor Billhimer stated.

This is an active and ongoing investigation by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Vehicular Homicide Unit, Toms River Police Department and the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office.

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