Arrest made in Mercer Co. fatal hit-and-run

January 30, 2013 6:39:08 AM PST
Police have made an arrest in a Mercer County hit-and-run that left a man dead.

On Tuesday afternoon, authorities announced they had located the suspect's vehicle, as well as the male driver. He is identified as 67-year-old Robert Cheney of Robbinsville, New Jersey.

Cheney has been charged with death by auto and leaving the scene of a fatal accident and is currently being held on $100,000 bail.

The accident happened just before 6:00 p.m. Sunday.

40-year-old Billy Paskewicz of Robbinsville was struck and killed in front of a home on Robbinsville Allentown Road.

He was walking up the street to pick up a ferret - a present for his 9-year-old son.

"Billy's crossed the road millions of times," said family friend John Rimmer. "For someone to do what they did with that impact - to just leave the scene of the accident, just leave someone lying there - that's what's so upsetting to my friend Pete."

For Pete Paskewicz, the victim's father, the grief is just overwhelming. He just buried his wife two months ago. Now he is preparing to bury his son.

Neighbor Tom Van Horn heard the accident from his house. He immediately called 911.

"The body was laying about 30 feet beyond the telephone pole," he said. "When I was out there with a flashlight trying to get them to slow down so they wouldn't hit him again, they weren't even slowing down then," he said.