Two arrested for fatal hit-and-run in February in Franklin Twp., NJ
FRANKLIN TWP. (Somerset) — After two months of investigation, the Somerset County Attorney’s Office has announced the arrest of two people in connection with a hit-and-run accident that killed a pedestrian.
Shortly before 8:30 p.m. on February 22, the district attorney’s office said in a statement Friday, Franklin Township police responded to a report of a woman being hit by a vehicle as she crossed Somerset Street near High Street.
The vehicle fled the scene, the inquest said, and the victim, identified as Treasa Daye-Fennie of New Brunswick, was pronounced dead at the scene.
On Tuesday, the prosecutor’s office said, Raulito Peralta, 22, and Estrella Caballero-Cruz, 21, were arrested following the investigation.
Peralta and Caballero-Cruz were identified as residents of Cedar Lane in Highland Park, and prosecutors said Peralta was the driver of the vehicle in the Feb. 22 collision.
Peralta was charged with leaving the scene of a second-degree fatal motor vehicle accident, causing death or third-degree injury while driving under suspension or without a license, and third-degree obstruction, and has been remanded to Somerset County Jail pending a detention hearing.
Caballero-Cruz was charged with filing a false fourth degree police report and was released pending a court appearance.
The Somerset County District Attorney’s Office said it is still seeking information about the fatal crash and anyone who knows more can contact the Major Crimes Unit at 908-231-7100, the Township Police Department of Franklin at 732-873-5533, the county crime department. Stoppers tip line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477), or the STOPit app.
Patrick Lavery is a reporter and anchor for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at [email protected]
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