NEW BRUNSWICK — Authorities are actively searching for the driver of a Ford Edge that fled after striking and killing a 52-year-old pedestrian who was on her way to church on Friday evening, Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan and Anthony A. Caputo, director of the New Brunswick Police Department, announced.
Investigators have determined that it was a dark-colored, newer model Ford Edge that was traveling at a high rate of speed when it struck Silvia Reyes-Ramos on March 30, at 7:06 p.m. as she was crossing Somerset Street at the Alexander Street intersection in New Brunswick.
Reyes-Ramos, the mother of four children, was taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, where she was pronounced dead on March 31 at 12:32 a.m.
An autopsy performed by the Middlesex County Medical Examiner’s Office determined Reyes-Ramos died from multiple blunt force injuries.
Officer Mark Smith of the New Brunswick Police Department and Investigator Scott Crocco of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office determined that the driver of the SUV was on Somerset Street, heading north toward the city’s downtown area at a high rate of speed when the victim was struck.
Reyes-Ramos was alone when she was hit by the SUV.
She was married and was the mother of three daughters, ages 36, 29, and 18, and a 9-year-old son.
Authorities are asking anyone with information to contact Officer Smith of the New Brunswick Police Department at 1-732-745-5005, or Investigator Crocco of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at 1-732-745-4471.
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