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Authorities Identify Pedestrian, 84, Killed in Hit-and-Run

Authorities still searching for vehicle, which may have fled onto the Garden State Parkway

(Photo provided by Ocean County Prosecutor's Office)
(Photo provided by Ocean County Prosecutor's Office)
As authorities continue their search for a vehicle that struck and killed an 84-year-old pedestrian in South Toms River Monday night, they have also released his identity.

William Gaughan, a South Toms River resident, was airlifted to Jersey Shore University Medical Center with "severe head and body trauma" after being struck at approximately 5:54 p.m. in the eastbound lane of Dover Road at the intersection of Chamberlain Street near the 7-Eleven store there, said Al Della Fave, spokesman for the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office.

Gaughan succumbed to his injuries at the hospital and was pronounced dead at 7:30 p.m., said Della Fave.

According to investigators, the vehicle that struck Gaughan has been described by a witness as a small black or dark colored vehicle with possible damage to its front passenger side and windshield.

After hitting the pedestrian, the vehicle continued east on Dover Road leaving the area, possibly entering the Garden State Parkway northbound.

A witness immediately called 911 for assistance, said Della Fave.

The cause of the crash is pending further investigation at this time, Della Fave said.

Anyone who may have witnessed the crash, or has information regarding the vehicle and driver that fled the scene, is being asked to contact South Toms River Police Department Det. William Kosh at 732-349-0313 or Ocean County Prosecutor’s Det. Craig Ally at 732-814-4821.

They are being assisted in the investigation by the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department Criminalistics Investigation Unit.
Keith Bryant December 17, 2013 at 12:16 PM
I hope they catch this coward and send him to a dark jail cell, All he or she had to do was stay at the accident scene but no the Coward left now this asshole has to live with himself and to let him or her know they Police and the Ocean County Prosecutors will find you and you will pay. God help you. Not like you helped your victim. Hope when they get you you spend a lot of time in jail with the picture of your victim so you can look at that poor mans face. You coward.
Barbara December 17, 2013 at 12:34 PM
The person who left this poor man alone, is the lowest form of humanity. Prayers for Mr. Gaughan. Prayers for his family.
Michelle Bernabe Ebeid December 17, 2013 at 12:52 PM
RIP Mr Gaughsn. How sad to live to the wonderful age of 84 and to have your life taken so horribly. The crumb that left you lying there should live the rest of their lives with nothing but the same heartache they caused your loved ones
letsgetreal December 17, 2013 at 06:33 PM
@ Maruca.... You are getting tired ............blahhh blahhh blahhhh blahhhh
suz December 18, 2013 at 08:00 AM
So sad...someone who lived their life to die so senseless and tragic. I hope they catch this thug or thugs. Probably ran because no insurance, no registration or no license. Dumb.
TRGary85 December 18, 2013 at 01:33 PM
Maruca_Failed_My_Ward, What is so wrong in your damaged brain that you would feel it is appropriate to transition a report of an innocent mans death into a platform to preach your corruption and conspiracy nonsense. You seem to live to complain on here as well as present things as fact that you obviously have little to no concrete evidence about. You, in my humble opinion, are exactly what is wrong with this country and society.
proud December 18, 2013 at 07:10 PM
So many times I have told @Failed_in_the_Fraud that Tony and Bernardo have declared the gymnasium and basketball courts as neutral territory. It is extremely difficult to deal with a middle school mentality. They're just not good listeners.
Linda Maloney December 18, 2013 at 09:38 PM
Pardon my ignorance, but did Maruca just challenge letsgetreal and proud in a game of basketball? I always thought a pick up game was a sports event. Or does it mean something else? I've got to look up in the urban dictionary!
proud December 18, 2013 at 10:28 PM
No! Just lean over and ask the foremost authority on the Urban Dictionary (hint: shines shoes). Assuming that he's coherent and you're not out of breath, of course.
Linda Maloney December 18, 2013 at 10:35 PM
O K, Will do, as soon as he catches his breath!
proud December 18, 2013 at 10:37 PM
The waiting is the hardest part.
Linda Maloney December 18, 2013 at 10:44 PM
Yes, I agree!
proud December 18, 2013 at 10:58 PM
Finally. What, where, when, how, and . ,,,
Linda Maloney December 19, 2013 at 07:04 AM
Don't be silly proud, I've agreed with you before. I think?
proud December 19, 2013 at 08:38 AM
Yes! I like Creedence as well.
Linda Maloney December 19, 2013 at 08:55 AM
That's my sista (urban dictionary) that likes Creedence! O k Sista Sledge is my favorite group! O K
proud December 19, 2013 at 09:03 AM
O K, we are family after all.
Linda Maloney December 19, 2013 at 09:10 AM
You got that right! No matter how challenging and difficult you can be most of the time, at least you make me laugh! O K It's funny you pick up on my O K s, my former students used to imitate me, saying o k after every 3 words!
proud December 19, 2013 at 09:20 AM
O K

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