- Associated Press - Saturday, December 3, 2016

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) - Authorities say that the owner of an automotive shop who helped police identify a car involved in a fatal hit-and-run later saw the car being towed on a highway, helping lead police to the alleged driver.

Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph Coronato says that Al Picker saw the blue Nissan Altima on the Garden State Parkway while heading to dinner on Thanksgiving.

He called police, who tracked the car down to a home. Police on Thursday charged 73-year-old Maxine Pickard, of Berkeley Township, with leaving the scene of the accident.

Authorities say she hit 34-year-old John Ekarius, of Dover Woods, on Route 70 on Nov. 22 and then drove away without stopping. He later died.

Pickard was released after paying 10 percent of $50,000 bail. A working phone number could not immediately be found.


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