Police & Fire

Chatham Police Have Hit-and-Run Driver in Custody After Pedestrian Fatality on Shunpike

Scene of the fatal hit-and-run investigation by Chatham Township Police on Tuesday Credits: TAP Chatham
Shoe of pedestrian killed in hit-and-run accident is marked by cone on Shunpike Road in Chatham Township Credits: TAP Chatham
The fatal accident occurred in front of this home on Shunpike Road in Chatham Township Credits: TAP Chatham
Chatham Township Police Chief Steven Hennelly talks about the fatal hit-and-run accident under investigation Credits: TAP Chatham
Portion of the road where the fatal hit-and-run accident occurred on Shunpike Road on Tuesday Credits: TAP Chatham

CHATHAM, NJ - A hit-and-run driver who fatally struck a pedestrian on Shunpike Road Tuesday evening has been apprehended by the Chatham Township Police.

"We have identified the driver, who is in custody and the vehicle is in our possession," Steven Hennelly, Chatham Township Police Chief, said at the scene of the accident. "We had some cooperation from the family of the driver. He's at the police department now and the vehicle is being processed by the Sheriff's Department CSI, Crime Scene Investigation Unit. The driver was located in Summit."

Neither the driver nor the victim is from Chatham. The police are withholding the names of both at this time.

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"It's a fatal accident," Hennelly said. "We're handling it in conjunction with the Sheriff's Office and the Morris County Prosecutor. I'm not ready to release the name of the victim. I'm not satisfied that all of his family has been notified. I believe he is from New York."

The victim was struck crossing the street by a hit-and-run driver on Shunpike Road and taken to Morristown Memorial Hospital before being pronounced dead, according Hennelly.

The victim's shoe was found in the middle of the road, nearly 60 feet away from where he was found.

"That's where we found it," Hennelly said. "We don't know if he was dragged or thrown to where we found him."

The accident occurred around 4:30 p.m. near 222 Shunpike Road. The vehicle was driving East.

"Male in his 60s," Hennelly said. "He was crossing the road (near the intersection of Falmouth Road) and got hit by a car that didn't stay at the scene. They had to know they hit someone or something. We have witnesses, but no one who actually saw him get hit by the car.

"The person who got hit was not able to give us any information. He was conscious and unable to give us any information."

Shunpike Road was blocked off by police until 9 p.m. from Lafayette Avenue west and a Chatham Township fire truck provided the light for the investigation.

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