RNJ News Department

Morris County man charged in fatal hit-and-run crash in Chatham Twp.

CHATHAM TOWNSHIP, N.J. (Morris County) – Authorities say they’ve arrested a Morris County man who struck a pedestrian in Chatham Township on Tuesday.

William Barbosa-Ruiz, 62, of Madison, was arrested and charged Wednesday with leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident resulting in death, Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Chatham Township Police Chief Steven Hennelly said in a news release.

The investigation revealed, that on Tuesday shortly after 5:00 p.m., Barbosa-Ruiz was driving his vehicle, a silver 1997 Nissan Sentra, on Shunpike Road in Chatham Township when he struck Giuseppe “Joseph” Stanco, 76, of Glen Cove, New York, Knapp said.

Stanco was subsequently pronounced as deceased as a result of his injuries despite efforts to render medical assistance, Knapp said.

Barbosa-Ruiz was charged with second degree leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident resulting in death and numerous motor vehicle violations, Knapp said.

The 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.

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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By: Jay Edwards
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