Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer announced that the victim in the fatal hit and run crash that occurred in Brick Township on January 13, 2024, has been identified as Julia Sutton, 56, of Weehawken, Hudson County. Mark Carey, Jr., 19, of South Amboy, was charged with Knowingly Leaving the Scene of a Motor Vehicle Accident Resulting in the Death of Another relative to this deadly crash on January 14, 2024.
On January 13, 2024, at approximately 9:15 a.m., Officers from the Brick Township Police Department responded to the area of Route 35 South and Bay Avenue for a hit and run collision involving a pedestrian. Responding Officers discovered that a vehicle had struck Ms. Sutton in the shoulder of the roadway and then fled the scene. Ms. Sutton was taken to Hackensack Meridian Ocean University Medical Center in Brick Township, where she was pronounced deceased.
A thorough and extensive investigation conducted by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit-Vehicular Homicide Squad, Brick Township Police Department, and Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit, determined that the vehicle which struck and killed Ms. Sutton was a 1999 Ford Explorer registered to Carey. Further investigation identified Carey as the individual who operated the subject Ford Explorer at the time of the crash that resulted in Ms. Sutton’s death. Carey was taken into custody at his home in South Amboy without incident, and thereafter processed at Brick Township Police Headquarters. Carey was subsequently transported to the Ocean County Jail, where he presently remains lodged pending a detention hearing.
Prosecutor Billhimer acknowledges the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit-Vehicular Homicide Squad, Brick Township Police Department, Bay Head Police Department, Lavallette Police Department, Seaside Heights Police Department, Seaside Park Police Department, Point Pleasant Beach Police Department, Lacey Township Police Department, Toms River Township Police Department, Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit, Ocean County Vehicle Services Department, and City of South Amboy Police Department, for their combined and collective assistance in connection with this investigation that resulted in Carey’s apprehension.