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Police Locate Jeep Cherokee Involved in Fatal Lakewood Hit and Run

TOMS RIVER-The Lakewood Police Department, along with the Ocean County Prosecutors Office, is actively investigation a fatal hit and run accident that claimed the life of a 15 year old boy.

The accident was reported just after 10:00 pm last evening after two pedestrians were struck by what is being described as a dark in color newer style Jeep Cherokee. Further investigation revealed that a local father and son were walking east along Oak Street when they were both struck by the Jeep as it was traveling east bound. The vehicle was last seen fleeing the area , south on Albert Avenue.

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The father, identified as 37 year Jesus Lopez-Ramirez of Lakewood, sustained an injury to his elbow and was transported to a local hospital for treatment and further evaluation. However, his 15 year old son suffered significant bodily injury. Life saving measures were not successful and he succumbed to his injuries on scene.

After following up on information received, D/Lt. Leroy Marshall located the vehicle involved in Friday nights fatal motor vehicle crash that resulted in the death of a local 15-year-old boy and injury to his father. Just after 1pm this afternoon the 2014 black Jeep Cherokee was located at a Toms River home. The vehicle is now in our possession as the investigation continues. Additional information will be released as it becomes available. We would like to thank the public for their outpouring concern and assistance.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Lakewood Police Department at 732-363-0200

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