A 26-year-old Dover man has been arrested and charged with first degree aggravated manslaughter, second degree death by auto and with knowingly leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident that resulted in death.
Acting Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, Colonel Joseph (Rick) Fuentes of the New Jersey State Police, and Rockaway Township Police Chief Walt Ardin, Jr. said in a joint statement Monday that Edward G. Koloski was arrested on Sunday, Feb. 23.
At approximately 11:59 p.m., on the night of Sunday, Feb. 23, multiple emergency calls were made to report a motor vehicle hit and run in the area of the ShopRite shopping center on Route 46 in Rockaway Township.
Responding police units located a male with apparent injuries consistent with being struck by a motor vehicle, police said.
The male was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The name of the victim is being withheld at this time, police said.
Shortly thereafter, troopers with the New Jersey State Police responded to the area of Route 80 Eastbound regarding the report of a disabled vehicle. The troopers made contact with the sole occupant of the vehicle.
The vehicle had extensive front-end damage. The Troopers detected the odor of alcoholic beverages on the person, and also observed that the person was exhibiting signs of being under the influence, according to police.
The occupant was removed from his vehicle and placed under arrest.
After an investigation, the defendant, Edward Koloski, was charged by way of warrant-complaint with aggravated manslaughter, a crime of the first degree, death by auto, a crime of the second degree and knowingly leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident resulting in death, a crime of the second degree.
Superior Court Judge James M. DeMarzo set bail in the amount of $350,000 cash, bond or property, with additional conditions set by the court.