NJ woman critical after hit-and-run

March 11, 2011 3:21:56 PM PST
A New Jersey woman is in critical condition after being hit by an SUV early Friday morning in Gloucester City.

Angela Gattuso, 21, of Clarksboro, suffered serious injuries and is being treated at Cooper University Hospital in Camden. Her cousin tells Action News she suffered a broken neck, a broken jaw and collapsed lung among other injuries.

Investigators say it all began around 1:00 a.m. Friday when Gattuso's Honda broke down at a railroad track in the area of 549 South Broadway. She called her father for help and he arrived to help her load the Honda onto his tow truck.

While her father was loading the vehicle, a woman stopped to ask Gattuso for directions. The woman who was getting directions apparently saw the SUV and jumped onto the tow truck to safety. Gattuso couldn't get out of the way and was hit.

Police say the SUV driver did not stop and fled south on Broadway.

The suspect vehicle left behind several pieces that allowed investigators to identify it as a Chevrolet Uplander from 2005 to 2009. The vehicle's color couldn't be determined from the pieces available, but it is likely the suspect vehicle has visible front end damage, specifically to the grill area.

Anyone with information on the vehicle or its driver is urged to contact Camden County Prosecutor's Office Investigator Jeff Dunlap at (856) 225-8400 or Gloucester City Police Detective Mike Barney at (856) 456-7797.

In addition, the Citizens Crime Commission of Delaware Valley is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the hit and run driver. To be eligible for the reward offered, the crime commission must be contacted at (215) 546-TIPS and an anonymous code will be given after the information is provided.