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Madison Man Charged with Leaving the Scene of Fatal Accident in Chatham

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Shoe of New York man fatally struck by driver on Shunpike Road in Chatham Tuesday evening. Credits: TAP Chatham
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Chatham Township Police investigate the hit-and-run accident that resulted in a pedestrian fatality Credits: TAP Chatham
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Stretch of Shunpike Road where a New York man was struck and killed while crossing the street Credits: TAP Chatham
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CHATHAM, NJ - The driver who struck a pedestrian on Shunpike Road in Chatham Township on Tuesday evening has been charged with Leaving the Scene of a Motor Vehicle Accident Resulting in Death, according Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Chatham Township Police Chief Steven Hennelly.

Chatham Township Police apprehended William Barbosa-Ruiz, 62, of Madison, and found his vehicle, a 1997 Nissan Sentra, in Summit on Tuesday night.

Knapp and Hennelly announced that Barbosa-Ruiz was arrested and charged earlier Wednesday.

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On Jan. 3, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office was notified by the Chatham Township Police Department of an alleged hit-and-run motor vehicle crash that had occurred that evening involving injuries to a pedestrian.  The pedestrian, later identified as Giuseppe “Joseph” Stanco, age 76, of Glen Cove, NY, was pronounced dead as a result of his injuries despite efforts to render medical assistance, police said.

A subsequent investigation was conducted by the Chatham Township Police Department, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office – Criminal Investigation Section, and the Major Crimes Unit of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office which found that William Barbosa-Ruiz was driving his vehicle on Shunpike Road in Chatham Township when he struck Stanco. This incident occurred shortly after 5 p.m.  

Leaving the Scene of a Motor Vehicle Accident Resulting in Death is a crime of the second degree. Barbosa-Ruiz was also charged with numerous motor vehicle violations.   

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Chatham Township Police Department at 973-377-0100 or the Major Crimes Unit of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office at 973-285-6200.   

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