RETIRED DETECTIVE CHARGED IN HIT-AND-RUN

A retired Hammonton Detective was charged last night in connection with a hit and run that left a 15-year-old male dead Friday night on Route 50 at mile marker 25 in front of the 4-H Fairgrounds in Hamilton Township, Atlantic County Prosecutor Ted Housel stated Sunday morning. Anthony Scaltrito, 63, of Hammonton, turned himself in to the Hamilton Township Police Department at approximately 8:30 p.m. Saturday night. He was charged with second-degree leaving the scene of a fatal motor vehicle accident and fourth-degree tampering with physical evidence. The victim, Justin Montgomery, was pronounced dead at the scene at 9:29 p.m., 17 minutes after the crash. Autopsy results have not yet been released. Scaltrito was allegedly operating a black 2009 Dodge Dakota 4-door pickup truck traveling southbound when the collision occurred. The vehicle alleged to have been involved in the crash was seized by the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office, Prosecutor Housel said.

Municipal Court Judge Robert Switzer set bail at $50,000 cash or bond on Saturday night. A second-degree crime carries a maximum prison term of 10 years and $150,000 in fines.

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