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Release*†††††††††††††††† Date: March 4, 2013
†††††††††††††††††† †††† Middlesex
County Prosecutorís Office
††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† *News Release*†††††††††††††††† Date: March 4, 2013
†Manalapan man imprisoned for hit-and-run fatality
††††††††† Brian Clements (DOB 8/7/61) of Iron Ore Road in Manalapan was sentenced to eight years in prison for vehicular homicide, and an additional five years to be served consecutively for leaving the scene after striking Silvia Reyes-Ramos, 52, of New Brunswick.
In addition, Clements was ordered to serve at least 85 percent of the eight-year portion of the sentence before he can be eligible for parole. He will be placed on parole supervision for three years after he is released from custody.
Superior Court Judge Bradley Ferencz imposed the sentence during a
hearing at the Middlesex County Courthouse in
Clements pleaded guilty on December 4, 2012, under an agreement reached with Middlesex County Deputy First Assistant Prosecutor Christopher L.C. Kuberiet.
Clements surrendered to police in
The investigators determined that Clements was intoxicated and was
driving at a high rate of speed when his vehicle struck the woman at 7:06 p.m.
as she was crossing
Ms. Reyes-Ramos was taken to
Ms. Reyes-Ramos, the mother of four adult daughters and a 9-year-old son, was on her way to church when she was hit by Clementsís sport utility vehicle. The children were not with her when she was struck.
After fleeing, the defendant took the Ford Edge for repairs at an auto body shop, but surrendered the vehicle to authorities on April 10, 2012.
Prosecutor Kaplan and Anthony A. Caputo, director of the New Brunswick Police Department, credited tireless police work with tracing Clements, and praised the work of Officer Smith and Investigator Crocco for their extraordinary efforts to find the vehicle and the defendant.