WOODBRIDGE—Police arrested a Colonia man who was charged with fleeing after striking a pedestrian with his car early Wednesday morning, Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan and Woodbridge police Chief William Trenery announced.
Michael McGuirl, 27, of the Colonia section of Woodbridge, was arrested and charged at 11:59 a.m. Wednesday following an intensive effort by police to trace the suspect, who fled after striking the pedestrian at 5:47 a.m.
The pedestrian, whose identity is being withheld pending notification of his family, remained in critical condition at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick Thursday.
McGuirl was charged with leaving the scene of a serious motor vehicle collision. Kevin Morse, a municipal court judge in Woodbridge, set bail at $50,000 and stipulated the defendant must post the full amount, and not 10 percent, before he can be released from custody.
Police were dispatched to Route 27 near Dow Avenue in Colonia and found the pedestrian, who was air-lifted to the New Brunswick hospital.
Woodbridge Patrolman Gennaro DeStefano and Investigator Sean O’Lone, of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, determined the victim was struck by a vehicle traveling north on Route 27.
While there was no license plate or description of the vehicle, the investigators were able to identify the fleeing vehicle as a 2007 Chrysler 300.
Police found the car during a subsequent search of auto body shops in the area, and arrested McGuirl when he arrived at the shop.
Kaplan praised the work of DeStefano and O’Lone, noting that despite the difficult task of gathering evidence in a hit-and-run case, they worked quickly to identify the vehicle and make an arrest.
Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call DeStefano at 1-732-634-7700, or O’Lone at 1-732-745-3331.
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