Jackson police seek driver in hit-and-run

JACKSON — Police are asking for the public’s assistance in solving a hit-and-run motor vehicle accident.

At approximately 1:30 a.m. Feb. 11, Police Officer Rich Bosley was on patrol when he discovered a body in the middle of Diamond Road, north of West Commodore Boulevard and south of Cedar Swamp Road, Jackson police Sgt. Brian Geoghegan said in a press release.

The body was identified as Eliot Kerr, 79, of Alyssa Terrace, Jackson.

Geoghegan said Kerr was transported to CentraState Medical Center, Freehold Township, by the Jackson First Aid Squad with the help of MONOC paramedics and the assistance of the Jackson Mills Fire Company. Kerr was pronounced dead at the hospital.

To this point, an investigation has revealed that Kerr was traveling home from work in his 2010 Cadillac CTS and while traveling south on Diamond Road his vehicle became stuck in the snow in his lane of travel.

Police said Kerr left his vehicle and began walking south on Diamond Road toward his residence. Police believe that after Kerr had walked a short distance, he was struck by a vehicle while in the lane of travel.

Police said the road had been plowed previously but was covered by snow at the time of the accident.

Some evidence was recovered at the scene that may assist police in identifying the vehicle involved.

The crash remains under investigation by Police Officer Chris Kelly of the Traffic Safety Bureau, assisted by Bosley and Police Officer Patrick Mackin.

The Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office and the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department Criminalistics Investigation Unit also responded to the scene.

The Jackson Police Department is asking the public for their assistance in this case.

Anyone who may have any information or has traveled the roads in the immediate area of Diamond Road, West Commodore Boulevard or Cedar Swamp Road between the hours of midnight and 1:30 a.m. is being asked to contact the Jackson Police Department Traffic Safety Bureau at 732-928- 1111.