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Police Investigating Route 88 Hit-and-Run That Critically Injured Girl on Bicycle

Police Lights (Photo: Jason Rojas/Flickr)

Police Lights (Photo: Jason Rojas/Flickr)

Investigators are proving a hit-and-run accident that injured a bicyclist Thursday night on Route 88.

The accident occurred at 10:31 p.m. Thursday near the intersection of Route 88 and Sunset Avenue in Point Pleasant Borough, said Al Della Fave, spokesman for the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office.

According to a statement from police the preliminary investigation by the Point Pleasant Police Department, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit and Ocean County Sheriff’s Department CIU found that a black sedan traveling eastbound on Route 88 struck a 14-year-old female bicyclist approximately 150 feet east of the intersection.

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The eastbound vehicle, Della Fave said, struck the bicyclist as she attempted to cross Route 88, traveling diagonally in a north to southbound direction. The bicyclist was struck by the front passenger portion of the vehicle, which caused her to roll onto the windshield and hood of the vehicle.

They vehicle’s driver “callously continued driving after the impact,” Della Fave said, carrying the victim on the vehicle hood for a distance before she was thrown free of the vehicle. The back sedan then continues eastbound on Route 88 fleeing the scene.

The bicyclist was transported to Jersey Shore Medical Center where she is currently listed in critical condition.

The suspect vehicle possibly sustained damage to the front end and windshield. Anyone with information is being asked to call the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office at 732-929-2027 Ext. 3257 or the Point Pleasant Police Department at 732-892-0060.

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