Pilesgrove fatal hit-and-run: Authorities offer $5k reward for information

Joe Burns holds his niece Riley McLaughlin, 3, as he looks at a photo of his sister Chelsea Burns and her 3-year-old son Cylas, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. Burns, 25, was struck and killed on the night of Oct. 17 while walking in the southbound lane of Woodstown-Alloway Road near East Lake Road in Pilesgrove. (Tim Hawk | South Jersey Times)

By Alex Young | South Jersey Times

Original article: http://www.nj.com/salem/index.ssf/2014/12/pilesgrove_fatal_hit-and-run_authorities_offer_5k_reward_for_information.html#incart_river


The Salem County County Prosecutor’s Office raised the reward for information on a driver wanted for the hit-and-run accident that killed 25-year-old Chelsea Burns on Oct. 17, New Jersey State Police said in a Facebook post Wednesday.

Authorities are now offering $5,000 for information that leads to the identification of the driver.

Burns was struck and killed at about 11:30 p.m. near the railroad crossing on Woodstown-Alloway Road, south of where it intersects with East Lake Road.

She was reportedly walking in the southbound lane and was struck by a unidentified driver who then fled the scene, according to police.

Shortly afterward, another vehicle struck her as she was lying in the road.

Police determined that Burns was killed as a result of the first collision. Authorities were able to interview the second driver, and there are no criminal charges pending.

Anyone with information is urged to call the NJSP barracks in Woodstown at 856-769-0775.