Woman arrested in Gloucester City hit-and-run

March 14, 2011 1:17:48 PM PDT
Police have made an arrest in the hit-and-run of a young woman last week in Gloucester City, New Jersey.

41-year-old Deborah Cirulli of Audubon turned herself in to police on Sunday night. Investigators say she admitted to being the driver who struck 21-year-old Angela Gattuso early Friday morning.

Police say Cirulli initially drove her SUV, a Chevrolet Uplander, out of state after the crash and abandoned it in either Maryland or Delaware.

However, she returned to the area, police said, and decided to turn herself in due to the pressure of widespread media coverage of the incident.

Cirulli is charged with Leaving the Scene of a Serious Motor Vehicle Crash, Aggravated Assault with an Auto and Hindering Apprehension. She is being held in the Camden County Jail on $25,000 bail.

Gattuso remained in critical condition at Cooper University Hospital in Camden on Monday.

It was 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.

Gattuso was hit a short time later.

Police say Cirulli did not stop and fled south on Broadway.