Police & Fire

Reward Increased in Search for Vehicle That Struck George Kavanaugh at Firehouse

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SOMERSET COUNTY, NJ - The reward for information on a vehicle that was parked in front of Somerville Fire Department Lincoln Hose Company No. 4 before striking George Kavanaugh has been increased to $10,000, according to a release from the Somerset County Prosecutors Office.

According to Somerset County Prosecutor Geoffrey Soriano, the reward from the Somerset County Crime Stoppers, Inc., has increase from $5,000, and is for information that assists investigators in determining the identification of the owner and/or operator of the vehicle.

Soriano said that at about 9:25 p.m. March 6, Kavanaugh, 75, of Somerville, was standing on the sidewalk in front of the firehouse when he was struck and run over by a light colored vehicle that backed out of the fire department parking lot. According to a witness, Soriano said, the vehicle had been idling and parked in the area of the front bay firehouse door between 9:15 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

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Kavanaugh was transported to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset, where he died from his injuries. He was a former fire chief in Somerville.

In addition to the reward from the Crime Stoppers, Somerset County Sheriff Frank Provenzano announced March 30 that the sheriff's office is adding a $5,000 cash reward. The total reward now stands at up to $15,000.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Somerset County Crime Stoppers Tips Line at 888-577-8477. Information can be submitted at www.888577TIPS.org.

All information and tipster identities will be confidential and anonymous.

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