Hanover Township NJ police are trying to locate a woman accused of leaving the scene of a car accident.
According to authorities, the suspect was involved in a motor vehicle crash at the intersection of Mount Pleasant Avenue and Ridgedale Avenue in Hanover, NJ. The car accident occurred shortly before 5 p.m. on a Friday.
Thankfully, no one was injured in the collision.
When the other driver began to dial 911 so that she could report the accident, the suspect allegedly attempted to snatch the driver’s cell phone and prevent her from informing the authorities. The suspect failed to get the cell phone, prompting her to get into her car and leave the scene in a hurry. By the time police officers got to the scene, the suspect was long gone.
The Hanover Township Police Department is actively investigating the incident. Hanover police said that they have identified a person of interest in the case. Apparently, the other driver was able to provide a partial registration when initially reporting the accident.
If the suspect is eventually identified and apprehended, she faces significant penalties. The most serious criminal charges that could follow include leaving the scene of an accident and obstruction of justice.
N.J.S.A. 2C:29-1 specifies that anyone who purposely obstructs, impairs, or prevents a public servant from lawfully performing an official function may be charged with a fourth degree criminal offense. In this case, the suspect could face fourth degree obstruction charges for allegedly interfering with the 911 dispatcher’s ability to receive a call from the other driver.
For additional information about this case, read the NJ.com article entitled “Woman Tried to Rip Phone from Hand of Driver Reporting Car Accident, Hanover Police Say.”