- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 2, 2015

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) - A southern New Jersey man has pleaded guilty in the hit-and-run death of an 84-year-old pedestrian.

Ocean County prosecutors say 28-year-old Joseph Marsh, of Toms River, pleaded guilty Monday to vehicular homicide and drug charges stemming from the December 2013 death of William Gaughan. He was struck in South Toms River while trying to cross a roadway and died several hours later.

Marsh faces up to 10 years in prison when he’s sentenced Sept. 11. He also will forfeit $24,820 seized by authorities.

Prosecutors say Marsh was talking on his cellphone at the time of the accident and fled the scene moments after the accident occurred. They also have said he replaced a damaged windshield and removed identifying documents from the car.

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