Authorities Seek Assistance in Fatal Hit and Run in Verona

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Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Verona Police Chief Mitchell Stern are seeking assistance from the public in identifying individuals who may have been witnesses to a fatal hit and run that occurred in Verona on Friday, June 24.

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Businessman and longtime Verona resident, Matthew BeneduceMcGrath, 59, was crossing, south to north, on Bloomfield Avenue near Hillcrest when he was struck by a motor vehicle. The incident occurred at approximately 9:30 p.m. The victim was transported to University Hospital in Newark, where he was pronounced dead at 9:58 p.m.

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Authorities are looking to identify the individuals in these still photographs who may have been witnesses to the incident. Red arrows are pointing to those individuals.

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Anyone with information is asked to contact the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force tips line at 1-877-TIPS-4EC or 1-877-847-7432. The investigation is active and ongoing.

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