EAST AMWELL, NJ – The judge in the case involving Family Nurse Practitioner Mary Catherine Briant adjourned her hearing yesterday until Sept. 16.
Although Briant was in the courtroom for the trial scheduled for yesterday afternoon in Delaware Township Municipal Court, she didn’t appear before Judge Edward Martin. Instead, she was represented by attorney Allison M. Roberts of the Flemington-based Deni Law Group.
Briant, 67, faces three charges after witnesses and police say she struck a 74-year-old bicyclist while turning from Route 29 onto Federal Twist Road in Delaware Township on May 14.
County records show that two witnesses phoned 911 after the crash. But Briant, who state records show has two nursing licenses, didn’t phone for medical assistance.
Police said that when they arrived, a victim was in the back of a Lambertville Rescue Squad ambulance “and was not coherent enough to answer questions.” The police report states that an x-ray later revealed his left collar bone was broken in two places.
Police said they were given a photo of Briant's Infiniti G35 that a witness took with her phone and that Patrol Officer Jason Marrero found Briant at her home after the crash. Briant is charged with careless driving, failure to report an accident and leaving the scene of an accident.
Briant won't face criminal charges. Hunterdon County Prosecutor Anthony P. Kearns, III has said that while “leaving the scene of an accident is a very serious offense,” it is not by itself criminal under state law.