DELAWARE TWP., NJ – The driver charged with leaving the scene of a crash after striking a bicycle last month is a Family Nurse Practitioner.
When Patrol Officer Jason Marrero arrived at the scene on Federal Twist Road, victim Martin Hulme, 73, was in the back of a Lambertville Rescue Squad ambulance “and was not coherent enough to answer questions,” police said.
An eyewitness to the crash gave police a photo that showed Mary C. Briant’s Infinity G-35, according to the police report. When Marrero went to Briant’s house, she admitted to the crash and said she’d left her phone number “with a woman at the scene,” police said.
Briant, 67, was also charged by police with careless driving and failure to report an accident.
State records show Briant is an “Advanced Practice Nurse” and holds two nursing licenses.
According to county 911 records, Briant didn’t call 911. However, two witnesses did phone 911, with one of them describing Hulme as drifting “in and out of alertness.” He was later treated at Doylestown Hospital for a broken collar bone, police said.
Briant won't face criminal charges.
“Leaving the scene of an accident is a very serious offense,” said Hunterdon County Prosecutor Anthony P. Kearns, III, speaking about the state's motor vehicle laws in general. Under state law, the offense is not by itself criminal, Kearns said, although offenders can lose their driving privileges for life with just two convictions.
Briant is scheduled to appear in Municipal Court on July 16. She didn’t respond to a request for comment.