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Local Woman Charged in Hit-and-Run That Injured Teen Bicyclist

Handcuffs (Shorebeat File Photo/ banspy/ Flickr

Handcuffs (Shorebeat File Photo/ banspy/ Flickr)

A 26-year-old Point Pleasant woman was arrested and charged in what authorities describe as a hit-and-run accident in which a 14-year-old girl was, at one point, trapped on the hood of her moving car.

Brittany Keifer was arrested by a detective from the Point Pleasant Police Department after the agency “developed and investigated leads after receiving tips from our new release and social media postings,” said Al Della Fave, spokesman for the prosecutor’s office.

Detective Joseph Hynes and the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit subsequently arrested Keifer and charged her with fourth degree assault by auto, third degree leaving the scene of an accident with serious bodily injury, motor vehicle summons for reckless driving, motor vehicle summons for leaving the scene of accident involving injury and motor vehicle summons for failure to report an accident.

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Police said the 14-year-old was crossing Route 88 about 10:30 p.m. Thursday when she was struck by a black sedan. The bicyclist was, at one point, stuck on the hood of the car before being thrown off and suffering critical injuries. The driver of the vehicle did not stop, according to police.

Keifer was released on a complaint summons.

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