Have You Seen This Truck? It Nearly Killed a Man, Police Say
Bridgeton police are asking for the public's help in tracking down a driver who allegedly struck a pedestrian Sunday evening and then drove off, leaving the victim in critical condition.
According to a statement by authorities, the incident took place at 6:29 p.m. on North Pearl Street. Bridgeton police were called to the area after receiving reports of a motor vehicle accident. When they arrived, they found the victim on the side of the road, with "serious trauma injuries," but the vehicle had already fled the scene.
The male victim was taken to Bridgeton Hospital with traumatic injuries, and then later flown to Cooper Medical Center, authorities said. The man's identity is being withheld due to the ongoing investigation.
According to surveillance video, police say the vehicle was traveling North on North Pearl Street when the crash occurred.
"After striking the pedestrian, the vehicle continued traveling north and then made a right hand turn onto Myrtle Street where the vehicle ran through the stop sign at Myrtle and Walnut Street and then came to a stop in front of the Dollar Store on Irving Avenue. The vehicle remained stopped, briefly, occupants exited the vehicle and then the vehicle fled the area," police said in a Facebook post Monday.
The vehicle that struck the victim is believed to be a 1995 Chevy truck with a white stripe down the side and a toolbox in the rear, police said. It has an Ohio license plate that reads PHY5585. Police say that the truck may also be missing a radio antenna, since one was recovered at the scene of the crash.
In reviewing the surveillance video recovered from cameras near the scene of the crash, police say they were also able to capture images of a woman who they believe was in the truck at the time of the collision.
Authorities say the crash remains under investigation and they're asking any member of the public who has information or who can identify the woman or the vehicle to contact the Bridgeton Police Department directly at 856-451-0033, through the TIP411 app by texting BRIDGETON and your tip to 847411 (tip411) or via Facebook.