Suspect charged in connection with fatal pedestrian hit-and-run in Clark

A Middlesex County resident has been arrested and charged in connection with the death of a pedestrian in Clark last month, acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo announced Thursday.

Thiruvenk Srinivasan, 78, of Edison is charged with a single count of second-degree leaving the scene of a fatal accident.  

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 82-year-old James B. Leinbach there, having sustained serious injuries from a vehicle traveling eastbound. Leinbach was subsequently pronounced dead at the scene.

An investigation led by the Clark Police Department Traffic and Detective bureaus and Lt. Christian Lott, assisted by members of the Union County Homicide Task Force and the Prosecutor’s Office’s Cyber Crimes Task Force, resulted in Srinivasan being identified as a suspect in the case, and he was taken into custody without incident on Thursday morning pending a first appearance to take place in Superior Court.

Anyone with information about this matter is still being urged to contact Lt. Lott at 732-215-8447.

These criminal charges are mere accusations. Every defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.