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Prosecutor: Ocean County Man, 62, Fled Scene Of Fatal Curbside Crash After Picking Up Furniture

Kevin Noonan
Kevin Noonan Photo Credit: Ocean County Prosecutor's Office

A 62-year-old man from the Jersey Shore has been arrested for leaving the scene of a motor vehicle crash that killed a pedestrian, authorities said. 

Kevin Noonan, 62, of Manchester, has been charged with knowingly leaving the scene of a motor vehicle crash resulting in death and driving with a suspended license, according to Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer 

At about 3:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Manchester Township police responded to a residence on Yorktowne Parkway in Whiting on a report of a pedestrian struck by a motor vehicle, Billhimer said.

Patrol officers found Jack Gotfried, 69, of Whiting, laying in the roadway with traumatic injuries to his lower extremities, the prosecutor said.

Gotfried was flown to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, where he ultimately succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead, Billhimer said. 

An investigation by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Vehicular Homicide Unit and Manchester Township  Police Department Detective Bureau found that Noonan had stopped at Gotfried’s residence to pick up of furniture that Gotfried was giving away. 

In the course of loading the furniture onto Noonan’s vehicle, Noonan allegedly backed his vehicle up at a high rate of speed and struck Gotfried -- pinning him between the rear of the vehicle and a truck parked in front of the residence, Billhimer said.

Noonan then allegedly fled the scene, leaving Gotfried injured in the roadway, the prosecutor said.

A short time later, Noonan was found walking in the area of Western Boulevard in Lacey Township, where he was apprehended by a detective from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office.

Noonan was taken to Manchester Township Police Headquarters, where he was processed and consented to a draw of his blood; the blood draw was subsequently taken at Community Medical Center in Toms River. 

Noonan was being held at the Ocean County Jail, pending a detention hearing.

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