91-Year-Old Man Charged in Alleged Hit-and-Run Crash

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This sketch from the police report details how the crash allegedly unfolded. Credits: New Brunswick Police Department
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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Police have filed two charges against a 91-year-old New Brunswick man after he allegedly hit a pedestrian earlier this month and fled the scene.

Joseph De Blasi is facing charges for failure to yield to a pedestrian and leaving the scene of an accident. The suspect lives on Jefferson Avenue, not far from where the alleged crimes occurred.

At 8:05 a.m. Feb. 2, New Brunswick cops responded to a call that a pedestrian had been struck on Courtlandt Street, near its in intersections with Duke and Louis streets, according to a police report obtained by TAPinto New Brunswick.

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Upon arrival, officers found Dimitri Thadal, 24, on the ground, clutching his left side.

The victim was traveling in the crosswalk between Duke and Louis Streets when the front of a white Hyundai hit him, causing him to flip into the air, according to the report, which was signed by Officer Sean Cahill. The driver of the car then allegedly fled the scene.

Thadal, who lives on Louis Street, was wearing a black sweatshirt and black sweatpants. But police noted that weather conditions were clear and the sun was out at the time of the crash.

A witness who snapped a photo of the suspect’s license plate shared it with police.

Cops later identified De Blasi as the owner of the vehicle and issued him the summonses, according to New Brunswick Police Capt. J.T. Miller.

Emergency responders took Thadal to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital for pain in his left side and left arm. Miller described the injuries as “non-life-threatening.”

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