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Madison Man Charged with Leaving the Scene of Fatal Accident in Chatham

Shoe of New York man fatally struck by driver on Shunpike Road in Chatham Tuesday evening Credits: TAP Chatham
Chatham Township Police investigate the hit-and-run accident that resulted in a pedestrian fatality Credits: TAP Chatham
Stretch of Shunpike Road where a New York man was struck and killed while crossing the street Credits: TAP Chatham

CHATHAM, NJ - The driver who struck a pedestrian on Shunpike Road in Chatham Township on Tuesday evening has been charged with "Leaving the Scene of a Motor Vehicle Accident Resulting in Death."

Chatham Township Police apprehended the suspect, William Barbosa-Ruiz, 62, of Madison, and his vehicle, a 1997 Nissan Sentra, in Summit on Tuesday night.

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Chatham Township Police Chief Steven Hennelly announced that Barbosa-Ruiz was arrested and charged earlier Wednesday with Leaving the Scene of a Motor Vehicle Accident Resulting in Death.    

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On January 3, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office was notified by the Chatham Township Police Department of an alleged hit-and-run motor vehicle crash that had occurred that evening involving injuries to a pedestrian.  The pedestrian, later identified as Giuseppe “Joseph” Stanco, age seventy-six (76), of Glen Cove, New York, was subsequently pronounced as deceased as a result of his injuries despite efforts to render medical assistance. 

A subsequent investigation was conducted by the Chatham Township Police Department, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office – Criminal Investigation Section, and the Major Crimes Unit of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office.  The investigation revealed that William Barbosa-Ruiz was driving his vehicle, a silver 1997 Nissan Sentra, on Shunpike Road in Chatham Township when he struck Stanco. This incident occurred shortly after 5 p.m. on January 3, 2017.    

Barbosa-Ruiz was arrested and charged with Leaving the Scene of a Motor Vehicle Accident Resulting in Death, a crime of the second degree. He was also charged with numerous motor vehicle violations.   

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Chatham Township Police Department at 973-377-0100, or the Major Crimes Unit of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office at 973-285-6200.   

A criminal complaint is merely an accusation. Despite this accusation, this Defendant is presumed innocent unless and until he is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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