NJ police officer charged in hit-and-run

September 9, 2011 1:58:31 PM PDT
A police officer has been charged in an August hit-and-run that left a man seriously injured.

Washington Township (Gloucester County) police officer Kelly Gunderson, 33, of Sewell, surrendered Friday and was charged with Knowingly Leaving the Scene of a Motor Vehicle Accident Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury.

She has also agreed to surrender her driver's license.

Gunderson is accused of hitting Vance Banks, 27, of Sicklerville, on Sicklerville Road in Winslow Township around 1:00 a.m. on August 18th.

Police say Banks was on his way home from his job at the Camden County Lakeland Complex at the time of his injuries. He was found unconscious in a parking lot on the 500 block of Sicklerville Road.

He remains in critical but stable condition at Cooper Hospital in Camden.

Investigators say despite substantial damage to the passenger side of her red Honda Accord, Gunderson failed to stop to determine what she had hit. Police say she returned home and did not report a crash to police until about 3:30 p.m. Friday, about 14 hours later.

An investigation remains ongoing to determine what Gunderson's activities were prior to the incident. Gunderson was previously suspended with pay from the Washington Township Police Department. However, now that she has been charged, she has been suspended without pay.

Ofc. Gunderson began her career in the Washington Township Police Department after serving in the United States Air Force from 1990 until 1995. Ofc. Gunderson then worked as a Special Officer in the department from 2005 until 2006 and was hired full time in April 2006. She was currently assigned to the Patrol Division in the department.

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