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Spring Lake Cyclist Killed in Howell Hit and Run

The accident occurred Wednesday at 2 p.m.

Howell Township police are searching for the driver who fled the scene of a fatal hit and run Wednesday afternoon.

Charles McHugh, 58, of Spring Lake was riding his bicyclist on Herbertsville Road near Blewetts Recycling when he was struck from behind by a vehicle traveling south, police said. The car then fled the scene, heading toward Brick or Wall.

The car is described as a 1990s black four-door Toyota with silver accents on the fender. The passenger's side headlight should be damaged by the impact with yellow paint transfer from the bicycle. The window and passenger's side A pillar were also likely damaged.

The photo shows a portion of the damaged headlight left behind.

Howell police are seeking information regarding the crash at 732-938-4111.

Martin March 15, 2014 at 08:46 AM
The cops tied up traffic for a long distance on Thursday by slowly handing out flyers asking for witnesses of the incident. Instead of inconveniencing hundreds of people on Herbertsville Road, why not put a portable electric signboard there -- as other towns do, like the "silver alert" messages on highway signs?
Guess Who March 16, 2014 at 01:25 PM
@martin, In my 42 years of driving, I have been stopped for many bogus reasons for some cops to harass me when no violation existed. I generally don't care much for the attitudes of many of Howells cops, however there are a few great ones who are far and above the crowd. I'm just saying that to make clear that I'm probably more bias toward anti cop remarks like yours than any supporting comments. I also do not know the victim here. ...................................................................... ...................................................................... That said, regardless of cops being good or bad, A man died. the most logical thing here is to contact as many people as possible and as fast as possible, who use that road during the time of the hit and run, which is apparently what they did. Whether you agree or not with the method makes no difference to the dead man. He's still dead. It does however make a huge difference in solving this crime and also to his family and friends. In this case, the police handled this in the best, fastest and most logical way to accomplish finding potential witnesses. ...................................................................... ...................................................................... I'm sure if one of your family was the victim, you would not feel other people were 'inconvenienced' by police "slowly handing out flyers asking for witnesses of the incident." when trying to find a low life killer who ran away instead of stopping to at least try to help. ...................................................................... ...................................................................... .............. "why not put a portable electric signboard there -- as other towns do, like the "silver alert" messages on highway signs?" .............. there could be dozens of reasons, but the most important reason is speed, Flyers can be printed by office staff almost immediately. Handing them out personally gives police a chance to immediatey speak to potential witnesses who may otherwise fail to contact them for many reasons. there's a world of difference between ignoring a sign you may not even notice and ignoring a policemans personal request for help. ...................................................................... ...................................................................... I also strongly doubt any cop wants to stand out in any street handing out flyers. Cops are far more likely to be injured on the job when stopping a motorist for violations or directing traffic than for any other reason, so to think for even a nanosecond this is something they would do if a better way was avaialble is simply foolish at best. ...................................................................... ...................................................................... Sorry sport, but you sound like the type who if you were a witness, you'd think your time is too important to help cops with information and you surely would not lose a days pay to go to court and testify. ...................................................................... ...................................................................... You're callous and self serving and feel so important that your time is too precious to spare a few minutes or even a few hours in order for police to solve any crime, especially one that resulted in human death. I think you'd be happier living alone as a hermit on some deserted island . I am sure society would be best served that way also ...................................................................... ...................................................................... In this situation the cops did the right thing for all the right reasons.

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