Dad Struck, Killed by Hit-and-Run Vehicle: Cops

Police say William Paskewicz, 40, was walking east on Robbinsville-Allentown Road when he was struck by a vehicle.

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    Police in Robbinsville Township, NJ are searching for the driver behind a deadly hit and run. The victim was a father heading to get his child a pet. NBC10's Katy Zachry has the story. (Published Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013)

    Police are searching for the driver who they say struck and killed a dad in Robbinsville, NJ before fleeing the scene.

    Police say William Paskewicz, 40, of Hamilton, was walking east on Robbinsville-Allentown Road when he was struck by a vehicle. Investigators believe the vehicle was also traveling east on Robbinsville-Allentown.  The vehicle then fled the scene, according to police.

    Officials arrived at the scene and found Paskewicz lying on the roadway. He was pronounced dead shortly after.

    Paskewicz ran a landscaping and handyman business and was well known by many in the community. NBC10 spoke to Paskewicz's friend who told us he dropped him off shortly before he was killed. Nelson says Paskewicz was walking a few houses down to get a pet ferret for his son.

    "I couldn't believe it myself because I just finished talking to him," said Chris Nelson. "The car didn't slow down or anything. You just heard a big thud, bam, it kept going. No skidding, breaking, anything."

    Police say the hit-and run vehicle is dark metallic blue in color. They also believe it has front end passenger side damage and is missing a passenger side headlight.

    "I'm just hoping the cops get him and I'm pretty sure they will," said Nelson. "I just can't believe somebody would hit somebody and not even stop."

    Nelson tells NBC10 he brought Paskewicz's father to the scene. The two lived together.

    "His dad actually depends on him because he's the only one that's left in the family," said Nelson. "His mom just passed away recently."

    If you have any information on the crash or the location of the alleged hit-and-run vehicle, please call Robbinsville Police at 609-259-3900.