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Drunken Driver Faces Manslaughter Charge in Fatal Hit-and-Run, Prosecutor Says

Dover resident accused of killing pedestrian in Rockaway Township parking lot late Sunday night.

A Dover man was drunk when he struck and killed a pedestrian in a Rockaway Township parking lot before fleeing the scene late Sunday night, the Morris County Prosecutor's Office said.

Edward G. Koloski, 26, was charged with first-degree aggravated manslaughter, second-degree death by auto and second-degree knowingly leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident resulting in death.

According to the Morris County Prosecutor's Office, a man was found in the ShopRite parking lot on Route 46 in Rockaway Township with injuries consistent with being struck by a motor vehicle shortly before midnight Sunday. The man, whose identity is being withheld pending notification of next of kin, was pronounced dead at the scene.

State Troopers responded a short time later to a disabled vehicle on Interstate 80 eastbound. The vehicle had "extensive front-end damage" and the troopers detected the driver, who was the only occupant, was under the influence of alcohol, according to the prosecutor's office.

Koloski was removed from the vehicle and placed under arrest.

Judge James M. DeMarzo set bail at $350,000 cash, bond or property.

Anyone with information regarding the incident can contact the Rockaway Township Police Department at 973-625-4000, the Morris County Prosecutor's Office Major Crimes Unit at 973-285-6200 or the Morris County Sheriff's CrimeStoppers at 973-267-2255.
JOSEPH G MATTERA February 25, 2014 at 06:52 AM
absolute hear say; a fishing expedition to say the least; no witnesses; no case.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Roll Back Our Tax February 25, 2014 at 07:46 AM
This is crazy. When I first read the article I thought there was more evidence available to implicate the guy. Although the guy was drunk (which I do detest) what proof do they had he was involved in this hit and run besides the "front end damage". There's a lot of cars and trucks running around with damage this winter from icy road conditions. Also, for all we know he deceased could had slipped, fallen and hit their head in the parking lot. I did just that last year and almost killed myself. They better be reviewing closed circuit cameras in the area. Check he ATM machines.
Johnny ball binder February 25, 2014 at 08:22 AM
There was a witness who identified the car .
Alice Jameson February 25, 2014 at 08:28 AM
If he hit someone hard enough to kill them, there’s evidence on the car. One evening, a few months ago, I hit a deer. Under a flashlight, the responding officer pointed out the deer hair left on one of the tires. It doesn’t say so in the article, but there must have been blood on the guy’s front end.
John Brinkerhoff February 25, 2014 at 09:26 AM
First two are morons ,will be evidence left on the body from the car after he got hit !
jazzman February 25, 2014 at 10:54 AM
hit that right on the head John,if i might add more like woman looking for attention where they have know idea what the hell there talking about
jazzman February 25, 2014 at 11:05 AM
hey JOE...EVER HEAR OF A BOLO..be on the look out...im sure one was issued and this drunken idiot ..to drunk to even realize he hit anyone...cant wait to hear what his blood alcohol level was.....-30 im guessing...and of course as per usual we`ll never hear it because in the end this will be a plea bargin with minum jail time...dont want to cause any more embarrASSment to his family and friends
jazzman February 25, 2014 at 11:16 AM
HEY ROLL BACK,,,SLOW DAY....LOSING YOUR CREDITABLITY WITH THIS ONE...for all we know the officers asked him...hey how did you get all this front end damage to your car...and his responce was "i think i hit something in the parking lot of ShopRite"...oh that was difficult...mayor????

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