LAKEWOOD, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A man has been arrested in connection to a fatal hit-and-run in New Jersey.
The Ocean County prosecutor’s office said Tuesday that 31-year-old Alexander Politan, of Toms River, is accused of striking and killing 15-year-old Jesus Lopez-Grande.READ MORE: Delta Variant Intensifies Urgency To Get Vaccinated Against COVID-19, Health Experts Say
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Lopez-Grande was walking with his father near the shoulder of Oak Street in Lakewood around 9:20 p.m. Friday when they were both struck by a vehicle. Lopez-Grande was pronounced dead at the scene. His father suffered an elbow injury.
Detectives found debris from a black 2014 Jeep Cherokee at the scene. On Sunday, they found a black Jeep Cherokee matching the description of the suspect vehicle in the driveway of a Toms River home. The vehicle also had damage to its passenger side.READ MORE: Long Island High School Custodian Saves Choking Student With Heimlich Maneuver; 'I Literally Turned Purple'
Investigators were able to determine Politan was driving the vehicle at the time of the crash. He was located and arrested Tuesday.
Politan is facing multiple charges, including causing the death of another while driving with a suspended New Jersey’s driver’s license and knowingly leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident resulting in death.
Officials say the investigation is still ongoing.MORE NEWS: Lodge Constructed In Honor Of Boy Scout Andrew McMorris, Killed In 2018 By Drunk Driver, Opens On Long Island
Anyone who has information regarding the crash is asked to call the Lakewood Police Department at 732-363-0200 or Det. Michael Proto of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office at 732-929-2027.