Hit-and-run suspect posts $250,000 bail

By Katie Zeck

Laura Gallagher, the Rider sophomore who turned herself in on Nov. 2 in connection with the hit-and-run incident that resulted in the death of a Trenton man, has posted $250,000 bail and is no longer being held at Mercer County Correction Center,  according to Casey DeBlasio, a spokeswoman for the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office.
Gallagher was charged with death by auto and leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident resulting in death, both second-degree crimes, the prosecutor’s office said.
On Nov. 4, authorities investigating the accident identified and took into custody the individual who was driving a second vehicle that struck the victim.
Marie Jean, 52, of Ewing,  was charged with death by auto and leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident resulting in death after allegedly hitting 54-year-old Carl Wilkins as he was walking across Parkside Avenue near Ives Avenue in Ewing just before 10:40 p.m. on Oct. 28.
According to the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, the case remains under investigation, but information at this time points to Gallagher’s Jeep having struck the victim first. The office believes Jean’s BMW then struck Wilkins.
Both Gallagher and Jean fled the scene of the accident, police said.
The police report containing details of the accident could not be released by either the Ewing Township Police or the Mercer County Prosecutors Office.
Jean has since posted her $150,000 bail, according to DeBlasio.
Gallagher’s charges are second-degree felonies from which she faces approximately five to 10 years in prison. If convicted, Jean also faces a possible 10-year jail time sentence. Court dates have yet to be set for either of the two suspects.

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