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Sheriff's Office Offering Additional Reward in Search for Car That Struck Somerville Firefighter

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Sheriff's Office is offering a $5,000 cash reward for information regarding a vehicle parked in front of Lincoln Hose Company No. 4 firehouse in Somerville before it struck a victim March 6.

The Sheriff's Office is looking for information that assists investigators with determining the identification of the owner and/or operator of the vehicle.

This reward is in addition to the $5,000 reward that was offered by the Somerset County Crime Stoppers Inc. on March 17.

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According to a release from Somerset County Prosecutor Geoffrey Soriano, at about 9:25 p.m. March 6, Somerville resident George Kavanaugh, 75, was standing on the sidewalk in front of the firehouse on Warren Street 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 light colored 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.

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

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Somerset County Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 888-577-8477, or online at www.888577TIPS.org.

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