Man Sentenced in Connection with Fatal Hit-and-Run Accident

Published on November 17, 2023

Morris County Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll, Chief of Detectives Robert McNally, and Morristown Police Chief Darnell Richardson announce the sentencing of Jermaine Edwards, formerly of Morristown, in connection with a fatal hit-and-run accident in Morristown.

On October 18, 2023, Edwards entered a guilty plea to second degree Knowingly Leaving the Scene of an Accident Resulting in Death before the Hon. Ralph E. Amirata, J.S.C.  On November 17, 2023, Judge Amirata imposed a custodial sentence of 5 years in NJSP plus a 5 year license suspension following Edwards’ release from custody.

The charges arise from an incident occurring at approximately 9:01 p.m. on Saturday, August 12, 2023 in Morristown.  Morristown Police officers were alerted to a motor vehicle crash involving a pedestrian in the area of Lafayette Avenue and Lackawanna Place.  Officers identified a male victim to have been struck by a motor vehicle that then fled the area.  The male victim was deceased.  Further investigation revealed that Jermaine Edwards was operating the vehicle that struck the victim and then fled the scene.

As a result of the investigation, Edwards was charged with one count of second degree Leaving the Scene of Accident Resulting in Death. Edwards has been remanded to the Morris County Correctional Facility since the time of his arrest.

Numerous law enforcement agencies have participated in the investigation, including members of the Morristown Police Department, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office, and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office.

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