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Suspect in fatal hit-and-run car accident captured

One of the main rules of the road is to always look out for others in or near one's lane of travel. This is understandable and something that most New Jersey residents strive to do while on the road. However, not everyone may feel that way. A recent unsolved fatal hit-and-run car accident had police working to piece together clues to help find the person responsible for the death of a Spring Lake man.

The tragic accident actually occurred on March 12 of this year, but it took authorities some time to track down the driver, who reportedly fled the scene. According to authorities, a 58-year-old man was riding his bicycle when a Lexus struck the cyclist from behind and* drove off without even stopping to render aid or wait for the authorities. The police apparently had very few leads other than broken pieces of a headlight.

Nevertheless, they ultimately located an 83-year-old man from Howell. When approached by police, he surrendered. The man -- said to be a survivor of the Holocaust -- was later released after paying a cash bond of $150,000.

The family of the deceased victim may have some peace of mind now that the person believed responsible for the death of their loved one was found and arrested. If New Jersey prosecutors secure convictions on the crimes of felony hit-and-run and leaving the scene of a car accident, the victim's family may offer any evidence used by prosecutors and the subsequent convictions obtained as evidence in a wrongful death claim for financial damages against the driver. Any financial restitution that may be awarded from a successful civil litigation could help defray the financial burdens resulting from this car accident and the death of their loved one.

Source: NBC New York, "New Jersey Holocaust Survivor, 83, Charged in Hit-and-Run That Killed Bicyclist", , April 1, 2014

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