Suspect vehicle identified in fatal hit-and-run

A suspect vehicle has been identified in connection with the death of a pedestrian in Clark earlier this week, acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo announced Friday.

Investigators believe that the vehicle that struck and killed 82-year-old Clark resident James B. Leinbach was a red or maroon Chevrolet S-10 or GMC Sonoma pickup truck, model year 1994-2004. An image of the vehicle, pulled from video surveillance footage recovered from the area of the collision, is being distributed along with this press release.  

At approximately 6:04 a.m. on Tuesday, October 20, Clark Police Department patrol units responded to the area of Raritan Road and Clarkton Drive and found Leinbach there, having sustained serious injuries from a vehicle traveling eastbound, according to the preliminary investigation. He was subsequently pronounced dead at the scene.

A joint investigation by members of the Union County Homicide Task Force, the Union County Police Department Fatal Accident Reconstruction Team, the Union County Sheriff’s Office, and the Clark Police Department has revealed that the suspect vehicle, after colliding with Leinbach, continued traveling east on Raritan Road, then made a right-hand turn onto Central Avenue, heading toward the Garden State Parkway interchange.

The suspect vehicle may have damage to the passenger’s side front fender and side-view mirror.

Anyone with information about this matter or the whereabouts of the suspect vehicle is being urged to contact Clark Police Lt. Christian Lott at 732-215-8447; tips can also be submitted anonymously at 908-654-TIPS (8477) or online at