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Driver Charged After Striking Bicyclist, Leaving Scene, Delaware Twp. Police Report

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DELAWARE TWP., NJ – A 67-year-old woman is facing several charges after police said she hit a bicyclist with her 2004 Infiniti G35 and then left the scene of the crash.

Mary C. Briant, of the township, was driving north on Route 29 around 3 p.m. May 14 when she turned onto Federal Twist Road and hit bicyclist Martin C. Hulme, 73, of the township, who was thrown from his bike, witnesses told police. He was riding with his wife, Evangelynn C. Hulme, 69, who then crashed into him, throwing her to the ground, according to the police report.

When Patrol Officer Jason Marrero arrived, Martin Hulme was in the back of a Lambertville Rescue Squad ambulance “and was not coherent enough to answer questions,” police said.

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His wife told police that the driver “got out of her vehicle and left her phone number” before driving north up Federal Twist Road.

Witnesses who stopped at the scene confirmed those details, police said. One of them gave police a photo of Briant’s car that she had taken with her phone, which showed its license plate number, according to the accident report.

When Marrero went to Briant’s home, she admitted to the accident and he found “fresh scuff marks on the right rear door and fender” of the Infiniti, police report.

Although the victims declined treatment at the scene, Martin Hulme later went to Doylestown Hospital, where an x-ray revealed his left collar bone was broken in two places, according to the police report. Evangelynn C. Hulme was also examined at the hospital “and was fine,” the report states.

The bicyclists told police they had reflective bright yellow helmets and red flashing lights on the back of their bikes.

Briant was charged with careless driving, failure to report an accident and leaving the scene of an accident. Police said they checked with the county Prosecutor’s Office, where officials told them there was “not enough evidence for any criminal charges.”

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