Johnny Westbrook, 82, of Asbury Park, was charged with first degree murder in the hit and run death of Daniel Rivera, 63, also of Asbury Park, according to an announcement by Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.
Asbury Park police received a 911 call at approximately 5:11 p.m. for a hit and run incident on Friday evening. Law enforcement officials arrived to find the victim, Rivera, struck in the area of 3rd Avenue and Langford Street in Asbury Park.
Rivera was taken to Jersey Shore University Medical Center where was pronounced at 5:41 p.m.
An investigation by the Prosecutor’s Office and the Asbury Park Police concluded that Westbrook was the driver of the 1998 Ford Explorer which fled the scene after striking Rivera.
Westbrook is in the custody of the Monmouth County Correctional Institution.
The incident remains under investigation by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, and Asbury Park Police Department. Anyone who witnessed the incident or has information to assist the investigative team is urged to contact Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Kevin Condon at 800-533-7443, or Asbury Park Police Department Detective Thomas Gogan at 732-774-1300.