By Cleve Bryan


DEPTFORD Twp., NJ (CBS) — A situation that went from bad to worse. Police say this morning 32-year-old Anabel Aponte crashed her car into the trees along the side of route 55 in Deptford.

She was heading southbound, not far from where 55 starts at route 42. She survived the crash, but not what happened next. As she walked up closer to traffic, possibly to get help, she was struck and killed by another vehicle.

“It’s undetermined how she ended up in the left lane at this point and she was in fact struck by another vehicle,” said trooper Christopher Warwick, of New Jersey State Police.

(credit: CBS 3)

(credit: CBS 3)

The driver that hit Aponte kept going. State police got a call from a passerby and quickly arrived from the nearby Bellmawr barracks.

“Upon arrival we observed a vehicle that had ran off the left side of the roadway and also observed a body of a female lying in the left travel lane of the roadway”

Traffic was snarled for more than 3 hours as the fatal accident team investigated. Troopers also started looking for the driver who killed Aponte.

Then that person came to them.

Authorities say several hours after the crash a man contacted police to say he was involved in the collision. They won’t release details about what the man said but after an interview he was allowed to leave. His fate at this point is uncertain.

“Charges will be pending and the investigation is still on-going. At this point it does not appear like any charges will be filed, but that is yet to be determined,” the officer said.