PILESGROVE Twp., N.J., (CBS) – New Jersey State Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a driver wanted in connection with a fatal hit-and-run crash in Pilesgrove, Salem County, and her family is speaking out to Eyewitness News.
“I checked her heartbeat — there wasn’t one. She wasn’t breathing. I tried CPR…I tried,” says her mother, Cathy Burns, a registered nurse, who attempted to help save her daughter.READ MORE: Philadelphia Police Officer Injured After Being Dragged By Vehicle During Traffic Stop: Police
Around 11:30 p.m. Friday, troopers responded to Alloway Road and East Lake Road for a motor vehicle crash involving a pedestrian.
Police say detectives determined that Chelsea Burns, 25, of Woodstown, was walking south in the southbound lane of Alloway Road when she was struck by an unknown vehicle that they say fled the scene after the crash. A short time later, police say she was struck by a second vehicle.
Police say investigators determined that Burns was deceased as a result of the first collision.
According to her mother, Chelsea had gotten into an argument with her boyfriend then gotten out of the car to walk home. The boyfriend called Chelsea’s mother, who tried to go get her daughter then came across the accident scene.
According to police, troopers were able to identify and interview the driver of the second vehicle, and there are no criminal charges pending.READ MORE: Philadelphia Police Officer Has Strong Message For Son's Killers After Hyram Hill Killed In Targeted Shooting
At this time, investigators do not have a description of the first vehicle.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Woodstown Station at (856) 769-0775.
The Burns hope someone has spotted a vehicle with damage or someone trying to hide a damaged vehicle.
“I’m not really mad at whoever did this,” Doug Burns, Chelsea’s father, says. “I wish they’d have the heart to just turn themselves in.”
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