Police Search For Driver In New Brunswick Hit-And-Run Death

NEW BRUNSWICK — Authorities are actively searching for a motorist who fled after striking and killing a 52-year-old pedestrian who was on her way to church Friday evening, Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan and Anthony A. Caputo, director of the New Brunswick Police Department, announced.

Witnesses told police that a dark-colored Cadillac Escalade or Ford sport utility vehicle, traveling at a high rate of speed, struck the woman on March 30, at 7:06 p.m. as she was crossing Somerset Street at the Alexander Street intersection in New Brunswick.

The woman, who was later identified as Silvia Reyes-Ramos of New Brunswick, was taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, where she was pronounced dead at 12:32 a.m. on Saturday.

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 the mother of three children. They were not with her when she was struck.

Anyone with information is asked 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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