BRICK-A man who fled the scene of a pedestrian hit and run accident earlier this week was discovered by Brick Police actively attempting to have the vehicle fixed at a north Jersey body shop.
On Friday, officers from the Brick Township Police Department, and the Ocean County Prosecutors Office arrested, Steven P. Ananko, 44, of Bayville in the area of his residence.
“Through the use of video surveillance from the area of the accident, and an examination of EZ-Pass toll records, several possible suspect vehicles were identified,” said Sgt. Henry Drew. ”Through further investigation, and interviews, Ananko’s vehicle was identified as the primary suspect. Officers then responded to Ananko’s residence in Bayville, where his car could not be located.”
While at the residence, another vehicle owned by Ananko was observed in the area.
The vehicle was stopped a short distance away by officers from the Berkley Township Police Department.
Ananko who was a passenger in this vehicle, agreed to accompany officers back to the Brick Township Police Department. Through further investigation at Brick Police Headquarters it was determined that Ananko was in fact the driver involved in the crash.
Information was also developed that Ananko was actively attempting to have the vehicle repaired at a body shop in northern New Jersey. The Ocean County Sheriff’s Department Criminal Investigation Unit responded to the body shop in northern New Jersey where the vehicle was seized as evidence.
At Brick Police Headquarters, Ananko was charged with, Knowingly Leaving a Motor Vehicle Accident with Serious Bodily Injury, Tampering With Physical Evidence, and Hindering Apprehension. Bail was set by the Honorable Judge Robert Lepore at $50,000.00 with no option to post ten percent. Ananko posted bail at Brick Police Headquarters and was released pending court proceedings. The investigation was conducted by Ptl. Jay Lampiasi, Ptl. Scott Dierking, and Sgt. Henry Drew of the Brick Township Police Department, and Detectives David Margentino, and Michael Proto of the Ocean County Prosecutors Office Vehicular Homicide Unit.