Suspect Arrested in Fatal Hit-and-Run Crash After 11-Month Investigation

South Brunswick, NJ – In a recent development, Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and Chief Raymond Hayducka of the South Brunswick Police Department have announced that Giovanni Gaines-Little, a 24-year-old resident of Camden, has been charged in connection with a fatal hit and run incident that took place on February 25, 2023. The incident occurred at the intersection of Route 130 and Route 32, prompting authorities to respond to the scene. Tragically, Kerri Lynn Shea, a 43-year-old resident of East Windsor, lost her life as a result of the crash. At the time, Shea was married and had a daughter. She held the position of vice president at Merrill Lynch in Hopewell, adding to the devastation caused by this incident.

After an extensive 11-month investigation led by Patrolman First Class Officer Bryan Sites of the South Brunswick Police Department and Detective Matthew Colonna of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, it was determined that Giovanni Gaines-Little was the driver of the other vehicle involved in the hit and run. Gaines-Little fled the scene on foot. However, on January 29, 2024, he was apprehended and now faces multiple charges, including second-degree Vehicular Homicide, second-degree Knowingly Leaving the Scene of a Motor Vehicle Accident Resulting in Death, third-degree Causing Death While Operating a Motor Vehicle in Violation of N.J.S.A. 39:3-40 or While Unlicensed, fourth-degree Obstructing Administration of Law, third-degree Hindering One’s Own Apprehension or Prosecution, second-degree Hindering One’s Own Apprehension or Prosecution, and third-degree Witness Tampering.

Chief Raymond Hayducka expressed his gratitude to the investigators involved in the case, highlighting their determination to track down the perpetrator responsible for this devastating crash. The victim, Kerri Lynn Shea, was a mother who had just finished volunteering at a local theater company when the driver ran a red light and caused the fatal accident. The Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, PFC Sites, and the Traffic Safety Bureau of the South Brunswick Police Department were commended for their work and dedication in bringing justice to this case.

Giovanni Gaines-Little is currently being held at the Middlesex County Adult Correctional Center pending further legal proceedings. The arrest and charges provide some closure to the victim’s family, who have been left devastated by this tragic event. In a show of support, a GoFundMe account has been created to assist the victim’s family during this difficult time.

As the investigation continues, authorities hope to shed more light on the circumstances surrounding this hit and run incident. The community is urged to cooperate with law enforcement and provide any relevant information that may assist in the case. The tragic loss of Kerri Lynn Shea serves as a reminder of the importance of responsible and safe driving practices, as well as the need for accountability for those who disregard the safety of others on the road.

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