Arrest Made in Fatal Hit-and-Run Motor Vehicle Crash

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Acting Chief of Investigations Christoph Kimker, and Chief Darren P. Dachisen Sr. of the Madison Police Department, announce the arrest of Cheon A. Lee, age 58, of Chatham New Jersey, related to a fatal motor vehicle crash involving a pedestrian on June 28, 2019.

At approximately 5:13 p.m. on Friday, June 28, 2019, a 68 year old female was fatally struck by a vehicle on Green Village Road near the intersection of Wilmer Street in Madison, New Jersey.
This vehicle, which was described as a gray Nissan Rogue, then fled the scene with heavy front passenger side damage. Following the crash, the vehicle continued north on Green Village Road, made a right onto Kings Road, and was last observed traveling eastbound on Kings Road past the Madison Area YMCA at approximately 5:15 p.m.

The pedestrian was critically injured in the incident and was pronounced deceased at Morristown Medical Center. The identity of this individual will not be released at this time.

On June 29, 2019, Cheon A. Lee contacted law enforcement and took responsibility for the fatal crash. The Nissan Rogue was located in the area of Lee’s residence with heavy front passenger side damage consistent with the crash.

Lee was charged with Knowingly Leaving Scene of Accident Resulting in Death, a crime of the second degree. She was lodged in the Morris County Correctional Facility pending a first appearance in court. Criminal complaints are merely accusations. Despite these accusations, the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until they have been proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Numerous law enforcement agencies participated in the investigation, including the Madison Borough Police Department, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office – Major Crimes Unit, and the Morris County Sheriff’s Office.

Anyone with further information about this incident is urged to call the Madison Police Department at 973-593-3000 or the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office at 973-285-6200. Anonymous calls can also be made to the Morris County Sheriff’s CrimeStoppers at 973-267-2255.

Law Enforcement Authorities Investigating Fatal Hit and Run Motor Vehicle Crash in Madison

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Acting Chief of Investigations Christoph Kimker, and Chief Darren P. Dachisen Sr. of the Madison Borough Police Department, are seeking the public’s assistance related to a fatal motor vehicle crash involving a pedestrian on Green Village Road near the intersection of Wilmer Street in Madison, New Jersey.

At approximately 5:13 p.m. on Friday, June 28, 2019, a 68 year old female was fatally struck by a vehicle which then fled the scene. The vehicle in question is described as a gray 2012-2015 Nissan Rogue (Basic Model or Select Model) with heavy front passenger side damage. Following the crash, the vehicle continued north on Green Village Road, made a right onto Kings Road, and was last observed traveling eastbound on Kings Road past the Madison Area YMCA at approximately 5:15 p.m.

The pedestrian was critically injured in the incident and was pronounced deceased at Morristown Medical Center. The identity of this individual will not be released at this time.

Numerous law enforcement agencies are currently investigating this incident, including the Madison Borough Police Department, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office – Major Crimes Unit, and the Morris County Sheriff’s Office.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to call Madison Police Department Detective Sergeant Paul Kosakowski at 973-593-3000, or Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Micharel Bost at 973-285-6200. Anonymous calls can also be made to the Morris County Sheriff’s CrimeStoppers at 973-267-2255.

Still images of the suspect vehicle are attached below.
Law Enforcement Authorities Investigating Fatal Hit and Run Motor Vehicle Crash in MadisonLaw Enforcement Authorities Investigating Fatal Hit and Run Motor Vehicle Crash in Madison

Hackensack Man Sentenced to Over a Decade in New Jersey State Prison for Leading Role in Multi-County Cocaine Distribution Network

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Acting Chief of Investigations Chris Kimker announce the sentencing of Michael T. Swanson, 42 of Hackensack, New Jersey. On May 21, 2019, Swanson entered guilty pleas to second degree Distribution of Cocaine and Second degree Conspiracy to Distribute Controlled Dangerous Substances. As part of the plea agreement, Swanson forfeited $5200 in United States currency.

On Tuesday, June 25, 2019, the Honorable Stephen J. Taylor, P.J.Cr., sentenced Swanson to twelve (12) years in New Jersey State Prison and required Swanson to serve fifty-three (53) months before being eligible for parole. This extended term of confinement is a first-degree sentencing recommendation because the defendant, in 2011, was convicted in Passaic County, of first degree distribution of controlled dangerous substances. Judge Taylor also imposed a concurrent eight (8) year state prison term on the Conspiracy to Distribute Controlled Dangerous Substances count. Mr. Swanson is the lead defendant in a case that resulted in the arrest 17 individuals and the seizure of four (4) vehicles that Swanson and his associates used as part of the drug distribution network.

Between January 2017 and December 2018, members of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Special Enforcement Unit/Narcotics Task Force and detectives with the Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Department, received information that Michael Swanson and multiple associates were importing and distributing cocaine in Morris and surrounding counties. There were also numerous members from multiple law enforcement agencies who assisted with this investigation.

Prosecutor Knapp stated “The diligent and hardworking law enforcement professionals from the Morris County Narcotics Task Force and all of our partners led to the successful prosecution of a large-scale drug distributor. Michael Swanson’s cocaine distribution network spanned multiple counties in New Jersey and provided a significant amount of illicit narcotics to the streets. We greatly appreciate the efforts of all law enforcement agencies who participated in this case. The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office will continue to tirelessly investigate and prosecute for-profit narcotics dealers in our county.”

The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Special Operations Division led the investigation, with assistance from the Morris County Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit, Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office, Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office, Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office/Bergen County SWAT, Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Department, Town of Boonton Police Department, Boonton Township Police Department, New Jersey State Police, Morristown Bureau of Police, Dover Police Department, Morris County Park Police, Butler Police Department, Lincoln Park Borough Police Department, Rockaway Borough Police Department, Kinnelon Borough Police Department, Jefferson Township Police Department, Hanover Township Police Department, Denville Township Police Department, Hackensack Police Department, and Woodland Park Police Department. Task Force Officer George Tsimpedes of the Morris County Narcotics Task Force was the lead investigator. Assistant Prosecutor Erin Callahan represented the State at sentencing.

Hackensack Man Sentenced to Over a Decade in New Jersey State Prison for Leading Role in Multi-County Cocaine Distribution Network
Michael Swanson

Inquiries concerning this press release should be directed to Public Information Officer Peter DiGennaro at [email protected] or 973-829-8159.