Texas Man Charge in Fatal Hit and Run Crash on Garden State Parkway

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Woodbridge, N.J. – A Texas man was arrested and charged by the Houston Police Department in connection with a fatal hit and run crash he caused in May on the Garden State Parkway.

Fornice Cary Boatner 3rd, 31, of Cleveland, Texas was arrested in connection to a fatal hit-and-run accident on the Garden State Parkway that killed Felipe Dos-Santos, 31, of Elizabeth, N.J.

“On May 25, troopers from the New Jersey State Police Holmdel Station responded to report of a body found in a ditch off the roadway northbound on the Garden State Parkway at milepost 130.4 in Woodbridge Township. Detectives from the Troop “D” Criminal Investigation Office, State Police Major Crime Unit, Crime Scene Investigation Unit, and Fatal Accident Investigation Unit, along with members of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and Crime Scene Investigation Unit identified Felipe as the victim and began investigating the crash,” The New Jersey State Police reported today. “As a result, detectives determined that on May 22, at approximately 1:00 a.m., Felipe was walking northbound on the shoulder of the Garden State Parkway in the area of milepost 130.4, when he was struck by a vehicle that fled the scene after the crash and continued traveling north. During the crash, Felipe suffered fatal injuries.”

Police determined through an investigation that the suspect vehicle was a 2007 silver Dodge Ram with a temporary Texas license plate.

“Detectives developed Boatner as the suspect after discovering he was the owner of the vehicle and obtained information that he fled New Jersey to Cleveland, TX following the crash. In addition, detectives also discovered that Boatner was wanted out of Houston, TX in connection to another hit-and-run accident,” police said. “In May 28, members of the Houston Police Department, TX and Liberty County Sheriff’s Office, TX located Boatner and his Dodge Ram in Cleveland, TX. A short time later, members of the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office arrested Boatner at his residence. He was lodged in the Liberty County Jail.”

Fornice Cary Boatner 3rd was charged with vehicular homicide, leaving the scene of a motor vehicle crash causing death, hindering, obstruction, and tampering with evidence. On June 10, detectives extradited Boatner back to New Jersey where he was lodged in Middlesex County Correctional Facility pending a detention hearing.