Driver dies in Neptune hit-and-run collision

FULL OWNERSHIPA multiple-vehicle hit-and-run collision in Neptune Township claimed the life of a driver Monday morning, Monmouth County Acting District Attorney Lori Linskey said.

On Monday, March 21, 2022, at approximately 8:58 a.m., the Neptune Township Police Department responded to a motor vehicle collision on West Bangs Avenue, west of Alpine Trail. A scene investigation revealed that Wesley Moore Jr, 84, of Asbury Park, was driving a 2020 Nissan Altima westbound on West Bangs Avenue, when his vehicle was swept away by a 2018 Kia Niro, driven by Ariel Vernet, 48 years old. male, also from Asbury Park. After the initial collision, Moore’s vehicle continued to drift off the road to the right, hitting a chain-link fence. As a result, Moore died from injuries sustained in the collision with the fence and was pronounced at 11:04 a.m.

Vernet’s vehicle continued west and side-swiped a second vehicle, a 2001 Mercury driven by a 42-year-old woman from Neptune. The Mercury was then rammed by a 2017 GMC Canyon, driven by a 34-year-old man, also from Neptune. Vernet then left the scene but was located later Monday in Asbury Park.

Vernet was charged with one count of leaving the scene of a collision with a motor vehicle and was released on a summons.

Moore Jr., had two occupants in the vehicle. A passenger in the front seat and a young child in the back of the vehicle. Both were not injured in the crash.


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All other vehicles involved in the accident had no passengers in their vehicles.

The crash is still under investigation by the Monmouth County District Attorney’s Office, Monmouth County SCART and the Neptune Township Police Department.

Anyone who witnessed the crash or has information to assist the investigation team is asked to contact Monmouth County District Attorney’s Office Detective Kristian DeVito at 800-533-7443 or Staff Sgt. Neptune Township Police, James MacConchie, at 732-988-8000.

Notwithstanding the pending charges noted above, each defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt following a trial at which the defendant has all trial rights guaranteed by the US Constitution and state law.


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