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1 Charged in Alleged St. Paddy’s Day Hit-and-Run

A police report sketch of the alleged hit-and-run crash on March 17 on Suydam Street. Credits: New Brunswick Police Department

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — A Plainsboro man is facing criminal charges after an alleged hit-and-run crashed that occurred in New Brunswick a few weeks ago, on St. Patrick’s Day, according to police.

Sharmila Chandra, 47, is charged with leaving the scene of an accident and failure to report an accident, according to the police report. But it’s not immediately clear if he was indeed driving the vehicle in question.

The alleged incident took place at 10:39 p.m. March 17 near Suydam Street’s intersection with French Street. Martin Coria, a 23-year-old New Brunswick man, was stopped in traffic when an unknown driver rear-ended his Nissan Altima.

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After the crash, the driver “slowly executed a U-Turn” and headed toward Joyce Kilmer Avenue, Coria told New Brunswick police. He was able to catch the vehicle’s license plate, along with a description of the car and its driver, whom Coria described as an Indian man who looked roughly 25 years old.

Police followed that lead, determined that Chandra was the registered owner of the vehicle and charged him accordingly. His black 2013 Toyota Prius matched the description provided by Coria.

Coria complained of neck and upper-back pain following the crash. But he declined medical attention at the scene.

City cops noted he was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the collision.

Coria’s car “suffered minor damage to the rear bumper,” according to the police report.

New Brunswick Police Capt. J.T. Miller said he had no additional information on the crash beyond what was in the crash report.

“Mr. Chandra will have to appear in court and answer for the charges,” Miller told TAPinto New Brunswick.

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