Police find boat involved in hit and run

August 4, 2008 3:07:52 PM PDT
Eyewitness News has learned police have located the boat they believe was involved in a deadly hit and run in New Jersey waters over the weekend. State Police Sgt. Steven Jones says the 27-foot cigarette boat was located in a private garage nearby after the owner contacted police through his lawyer.

No arrests have been made at this time.

Stay with Eyewitness News and 7online.com for additional information in this breaking story.

Authorities on Sunday were searching marinas and lagoons along the New Jersey shore, trying to find the boat involved in a fatal hit-and-run on the Metedeconk River.

The accident took place at about 1:15 a.m. in Brick Township, near Herring Island, when a 17-foot, single motor recreational boat was struck by another boat that then sped away, said State Police Sgt. Julian Castellanos.

The collision killed Robert Post, 49, of Essex Fells, Castellanos said. It also injured four others on the boat: Post's wife, Bonnie Post, 52; Cliff Farren, 45, and his wife Joan Farren, 46, of St. Davids, Pa.; and Karen Kelly, of Norcross, Ga.

Castellanos didn't have an age for Kelly.

The four injured were taken to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune. One of the four had injuries that were life-threatening, but Castellanos wasn't immediately sure which one.

Police say Post and his group were hit by a boat that kept on going.

"Someone that struck this boat would've known they hit a significant object," said Sgt. Julian Castellanos with NJ State Police.

Investigators say all safety measures were in order on the boat.

The U.S. Coast Guard and the Brick Township fire department was helping in the search for the boat that got away. The search, Castellanos said, was made especially tough because none of the injured was able to get a good look at the boat that hit their craft.

There was also less light than usual because it was two days after a new moon.

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