A Pleasantville man was allegedly trying to have damage to his car fixed when he was arrested this week in a hit-and-run that left a man critically injured.
Willie Henderson Jr., 50, of Somers Point, was found lying in the road just after midnight June 7, near the Good Year on the Black Horse Pike, police said.
Pleasantville Capt. Frank Balles and Patrolman Charlie Ellis, along with Sgt. Jim Rosiello of the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Fatal Collision Unit worked to find the driver involved.
A tip to the Atlantic County Crime Stoppers hotline that Capt. Matt Hartman said was aggressively followed up by the three investigators, led to a Pleasantville residence Monday, where the car was in the process of being repaired.
An investigation found that at the time of the crash, the car was driven by 28-year-old Ricardo Velez-Gomez.
Velez-Gomez was found and agreed to talk to investigators, and he was taken into custody, Hartman said.
Velez-Gomez was charged with leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident resulting in serious bodily injury, operating while unlicensed/involved in a crash with serious bodily Injury, being an unlicensed driver, leaving the scene of a motor vehicle crash and failure to report a motor vehicle crash.
Velez-Gomez was then released on a summons.
Henderson remains hospitalized in critical but stable condition.
“The Pleasantville Police Department would like to deeply thank those who provided information and assisted in this investigation as it was instrumental in locating this individual and holding him accountable for his actions that night,” Hartman said. “Leaving the scene of a crash, especially one that involves injury, is making a situation that may already be tragic even more so. If you chose to do so you instantly turn yourself from someone who may have made a simple mistake, or may not be in any way at fault, into a person guilty of crime and you will be held accountable.”