SICKLERVILLE, N.J. (CBS) – The driver wanted in the fatal hit-and-run of an 18-year-old man in Gloucester Township has turned himself in, police say. Bruce Bennett, 66, of Franklinville, New Jersey, was charged with leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident resulting in death.
Police say the hit-and-run happened when 18-year-old Trohkeem Brantley was struck by Bennett’s vehicle on the 2000 block of Sicklerville Road in Sicklerville, shortly after 8:15 p.m. Tuesday.
Brantley was rushed to an area hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries. Officials say Brantley was a resident of the Youth Consultation Services group home on the road.
According to officials at Youth Consultation Service, four or five kids were on the lawn in front of the home when the striking vehicle drove approximately 10 to 15 feet in the yard and hit Brantley.
“No words can express how shocked and saddened we are over the tragic loss of this young man,” YCS said in a statement. “We have notified his family and are providing grief counseling to all the young men and staff at the YCS group home. Youth Consultation Service, Inc. is a private, non-profit, behavioral health, social services agency that provides therapeutic services to individuals birth through young adulthood. In accordance with HIPPA law, we acknowledge the privacy of all our participants which limits our ability to provide further detail.”
Gloucester Township police say the driver did not stop and continued east on Cross Keys Road.
They were looking for a mid-sized, dark-colored SUV with heavy damage to its windshield, hood and passenger’s side when they say Bennett turned himself in as well as his vehicle.
He was released pending his next court date.
Sicklerville Road was closed during the investigation of the crash but has since reopened.