Pennsylvania man charged in connection with fatal collision in Riverdale

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Chief Kevin Smith of the Riverdale Police Department announce the arrest of Timothy P. Miller, 53, of Philadelphia, on charges stemming from a fatal motor vehicle collision during the morning hours of September 25.

At that time, Riverdale Police patrol officers responded to Hamburg Turnpike for a report of a motor vehicle collision involving a dump truck and a bicyclist. Upon arrival, the bicyclist was discovered to have sustained various injuries. He was transported to a local hospital and ultimately succumbed from his injuries. The bicyclist was a 50-year-old male. His identity is not being released at this time.

The driver of the dump truck, Miller, was identified as having left the scene of the collision. The driver and truck were subsequently located at the Riverdale Quarry at 125 Hamburg Turnpike, a short distance from the collision.

It is alleged that Miller was initially questioned about the incident and denied any involvement in the collision.

As a result of this investigation, Miller was charged with one count of Leaving the Scene of an Accident Resulting in Death, a crime of the second degree. He was also charged with Hindering His Own Apprehension, a crime of the third degree. Smith is currently being lodged at the Morris County Correctional Facility pending his First Appearance, which is scheduled for today, September 26.

Members of the Riverdale Police Department, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office – Criminal Investigation Section, and the New Jersey State Police contributed to this investigation.

A complaint is merely an accusation. Despite this accusation, the defendant is presumed innocent unless he is proven guilty in court.

Anyone with information about this investigation is encouraged to contact the Riverdale Police Department at (973) 835-0034 or the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit at (973) 285-6200.

Any press inquiries can be directed to Fred Snowflack at 973-829-8159 or [email protected]

Morris County Prosecutor’s Office promotes five detectives

The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office on Monday promoted five individuals to new investigative positions.

Promoted to Lieutenant was Kristi Allegretta, who had held the rank of Sergeant. Lieutenant Allegetta joined the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office in 2004 and was promoted to Detective Supervisor in 2014 and to Detective Sergeant in 2016.

In 2016, she received a commendation for the aggressive and thorough investigation of a series of sexual assaults on a minor victim over a period of years by multiple suspects. Lieutenant Allegretta will supervise the Domestic Violence, Juvenile, Missing Persons and Weapons Return units.

Promoted to Sergeant were Keisha Higgs and Marshall Wang. Both previously had held the rank of Detective Supervisor.

Sergeant Higgs joined the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office in 2000 as an intern and earned a full-time position eight months later. She was promoted to Detective Supervisor in 2016. In September, 2016, she received a commendation for the successful investigation of a missing persons case involving a child being taken out of the country in a custody dispute. Sergeant Higgs will supervise the Domestic Violence, Juvenile/Missing Persons and Weapons Return units.

Sergeant Wang began his career with the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office as in intern in 2007 and was promoted to Detective in 2010 and to Detective Supervisor in 2016. In addition to his regular assignments, Sergeant Wang is a Certified Crisis Negotiation Team member and is the office’s human trafficking liaison. He will continue to supervise the Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment and the Megan’s Law units.

Promoted to Detective Supervisor were Leah Atterbury and Stephanie Merced. Both previously had held the rank of Detective.

Detective Atterbury joined the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office in 2004 after a previous career with the New Jersey Transit Police Department and the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, Division of Criminal Justice.

She has received many awards, including a Meritorious Service Award and an Honor Award for the apprehension of an armed robber. Detective Atterbury will assist in supervising the Juvenile/Missing Persons Unit.

Detective Merced was hired by the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office in 2014 after working previously with the Newark Police Department, Hudson County Sheriff’s Department and the New Jersey Transit Police.

She has received three commendation awards, including one for an investigation with Boonton Township Police that led to the arrest of two adults for human trafficking. Detective Merced will assist in supervising the Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit.

The promotions took place at ceremonies in the Morris County Freeholders’ Public Meeting Room in Morristown.

Regarding the promotions, Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp said “It is with great pride that I announce the promotions of these five outstanding detectives. Not only are they exemplary law enforcement officers, they are also tremendously caring individuals who serve this office and the community with honor and distinction.”

Madison program to highlight better rapport between police and public

Bringing about better rapport between the public and police is the focus of a program set for September 28 at the First Baptist Church in Madison, which is co-sponsored by the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, NOBLE (National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives) Northern New Jersey Chapter, the Morris County Chiefs of Police Association, the Madison Borough Police Department and the church itself.

The 7 p.m. program – “The Law & Your Community” — will concentrate on “proper procedures when interacting with law enforcement,” New Jersey law and police internal affairs reporting procedures.

Among the topics to be explored will be how to ensure safe and positive interaction with police during a motor vehicle stop. Attendees will also learn procedures for internal affairs reporting.

Prosecutor Knapp stated: “We look forward to meeting with community members for this presentation by Detective Kim Nelson Edward of the Montclair Police Department on behalf of NOBLE. Programs such as this serve to enhance community and police cooperation.”

The church is located at 36 Cook Avenue, Madison. For information on the program, contact Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Sergeant Keisha Higgs at (973) 285-6268 or [email protected]

For inquiries about this release, contact Public Information Officer Fred Snowflack at (973) 829-8159, or [email protected]