NEW BRUNSWICK — Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan and Anthony A. Caputo, director of the New Brunswick Police Department, credited tireless police work with tracing a motorist who surrendered to authorities today on charges of fleeing after striking and killing a 52-year-old pedestrian on her way to church in New Brunswick.
Brian Clements, 50, of Iron Ore Road in Manalapan was released on $235,000 bail after he was charged with aggravated manslaughter and leaving the scene of a fatality involving Silvia Reyes-Ramos of New Brunswick.
Clements surrendered to police in New Brunswick after Officer Mark Smith of the New Brunswick Police Department and Investigator Scott Crocco of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office traced the defendant’s 2012 burgundy Ford Edge and linked him to the March 30 hit-and-run fatality.
The investigators determined that Clements was “grossly intoxicated” and was driving at a high rate of speed when his vehicle struck the woman at 7:06 p.m. as she was crossing Somerset Street at the Alexander Street intersection in New Brunswick, according to a criminal complaint filed against the defendant.
Reyes-Ramos was taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, where she was pronounced dead on March 31 at 12:32 a.m.
Reyes-Ramos, the mother of three adult daughters and a 9-year-old son, was on her way to church when she was hit by the SUV. The children were not with her when she was struck.
After fleeing, the defendant had the Ford Edge repaired at an auto body shop, but surrendered the vehicle to authorities on April 10. Arrangements were made for his surrender today.
Kaplan thanked the news media for its continued coverage of efforts to track the fleeing motorist, and praised the work of Officer Smith and Investigator Crocco for their extraordinary efforts to find the vehicle and the defendant.
Authorities are asking anyone with information about the case 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.
As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against Clements are merely accusations and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
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