Authorities investigating a hit-and-run that claimed the life of a pedestrian in Elizabeth on Thanksgiving night have identified the type of vehicle involved and are now asking the public for information in an effort to help solve the crime, acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan announced Tuesday.
The victim, 62-year-old Candace Raymond, was a resident of Elizabeth.
At approximately 9:45 p.m. on Thursday, November 22, Elizabeth Police Department patrol units traveled to the intersection of Cherry and Murray streets near Elizabeth’s downtown to find the victim suffering from multiple injuries, according to the investigation, which determined that the vehicle involved in the incident immediately left the area in the direction of West Jersey Street. The woman was transported to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead a short while later.
Several damaged pieces of the vehicle’s frame were recovered at the scene, and investigators used those to determine that it was a black Nissan Murano, model year 2003-2005. Attached to this email are digital files that depict a stock photo of the vehicle, as well as two photos of the suspect vehicle captured around the time of the incident, pulled from surveillance video footage in the area.
Police are asking anyone who was in the area that night or may have spotted a vehicle fitting that description in the days that followed to please contact Elizabeth Police Department Traffic Division Detective Rich Hernandez at 908-603-9679. The SUV likely would have had noticeable damage to the front bumper and fog lights.