Arrest made in Hamilton Twp. fatal hit-and-run

Isaiah Harris

April 27, 2012 1:49:47 PM PDT
Police have made an arrest after a hit-and-run incident resulted in the death of a man Thursday night in Hamilton Township, Mercer County.

It was 11:09 p.m. when 29-year-old Isaiah J. Harris was entering his parked car on Nottingham Way near N. Johnston Avenue. According to investigators, Harris was struck in the head by the passenger side mirror of a passing 1995 Black and White Ford Super Duty Truck.

The truck continued down Nottingham Way - never stopping.

Harris was taken to Capital Health System-Fuld Campus where he was pronounced dead.

Friday morning police were able to track down the truck and its owner, identified as 37-year-old Erix R. Yuman.

Yumas was arrested and charged with knowingly leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident resulting in death. Bail was set at $150,000 (full).

Harris' family and friends gathered at the scene all day Friday, grieving their loss while still glad the alleged driver was caught.

"By them catching him that makes things a little better, you know? But it still don't bring him back," said friend Nieem Gleaton.

Harris, known to many as "Zay," was just feet from his house when he was struck.

Witness Yves Terilus said Harris was standing between two cars on Nottingham Way near North Johnson Avenue when he was hit. Terilus said while others attended to Harris, she took off after the truck.

I was onthe phone with 911 and I was chasing him down but it seemed like he made a right somewhere and I wasn't able to find him," Terilus said.

However, police were and say Yuman, of Hamilton, was behind the wheel. He was arrested on charges of Knowingly Leaving the scene of a Motor Vehicle Accident Resulting in Death.

"How can you take somebody's life? You hit three cars and you know you hit something, you had to hear a thump and you don't stop. No, he should have turned himself in," said friend Bonnie Brown.

Isaiah Harris was a warehouse worker and the father of a daughter.

"He had a whole lot of people that loved him, he has an 11 year old daughter that loves him," said friend Tania Lacey.

Funeral arrangements for Isaiah Harris have not yet been completed.