Driver in Wildwood July 5 hit-and-run identified

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WILDWOOD – A woman from Croydon, Pa. has been charged in the July 5 hit-and-run that left 16-year-old Cody Bregande with serious head injuries, Wildwood police announced.

Ashley Paster, 25, has been identified as the driver of the vehicle and charged with knowingly leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident resulting in serious bodily injury, but has not yet been located.

Jennifer Burns, 24, of Levittown, Pa., has been identified as the registered owner of the vehicle and also faces charges of leaving the scene of an accident and failure to report an accident. Burns received motor vehicle summons for those charges, police said.

Around 3 a.m. July 5, Bregande of Glen Mills, Pa. was walking near the 200 block of Rio Grande Avenue when he was struck in the head by the passenger side mirror of a passing car, police said. He was left unconscious and airlifted to the hospital for serious head trauma. He was recovering at Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia two days later, according to family.

The only piece of evidence left at the scene was a piece of the passenger side mirror, which had broken off of the vehicle. Police said that witnesses were unable to provide specific information about the vehicle’s make, model, or registration.

Police then asked the public to assist in locating the driver and vehicle. Bregande’s sister, Nina, provided his name and hometown to the Leader after the hit-and-run.

“The Wildwood Police Department would like to thank the media and the public for their cooperation and assistance, which resulted (in) identifying the vehicle and individuals involved in the hit-and-run collision,” a release from the department reads.

 

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