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Toms River man sentenced to three years in prison for fatally striking a pedestrian in Metuchen

NEW BRUNSWICK – A Toms River man was sentenced to three years in prison for fatally striking a 51-year-old pedestrian in a crosswalk in March, Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone said in a release.

Paddy Flynn was sentenced before Superior Court Judge Joseph A. Paone sitting in New Brunswick on Sept. 8 to the prison term for knowingly leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident resulting in the death of Michael Bergamasco, of Whippany, the prosecutor’s office said.

The sentence was imposed after Flynn pleaded guilty on July 14 in accordance with a plea agreement reached with Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Keith Abrams.

Flynn was charged following an investigation by Sgt. Robert Belluscio of the Metuchen Police Department, and Detective Jonathan Berman of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office. The officers determined at approximately 9:01 a.m. on March 2 Flynn was driving a white Ford F250 pickup truck when he struck the 51-year-old utility worker in the crosswalk at the intersection of Middlesex Avenue and Grove Avenue. Flynn then fled the scene.

Bergamasco was taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and later died from the injuries he sustained in the crash, the prosecutor’s office said.

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