Voorhees Hit-&-Run Suspect Had 52 Driver's License Suspensions: DMV

Michele Toussaint, 44, of Berlin, was arrested on Sunday, on Monday one of her victims spoke out

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    Michelle Toussaint was behind the wheel of a car when she struck and severely injured two women and left the scene on Saturday night. Police say Toussaint was driving with a suspended license when the incident happened. NBC10's Deanna Durante reports.

    Police arrested a woman with a history of driving violations in a hit-and-run that left two women injured over the weekend.

    Police say cousins Catherine Calalang, 28, and Laurene Jiminez, 20, were struck by a vehicle while walking back to their home on Saturday near Haddonfield-Berlin Road in Camden County.

    Charges Expected for Voorhees Hit-&-Run Suspect

    [PHI] Charges Expected for Voorhees Hit-&-Run Suspect
    Police arrested 44-year-old Michelle Toussaint for allegedly hitting two women and fleeing from the scene over the weekend. NBC10's Tim Furlong reports with the latest.

    Police say Calalang managed to get home to call for help while Jimenez was unconscious. They were taken to Cooper Medical Center.

    Calalang had five of her teeth knocked out and was treated and released.

    Charges Expected for Suspected NJ Hit-&-Run Driver

    [PHI] Charges Expected for Suspected NJ Hit-&-Run Driver
    Police arrested 44-year-old Michelle Toussaint for allegedly hitting two women and fleeing the scene over the weekend. Toussaint, according to police, was driving on a suspended license.

    "So mad, angry, I want to see her," Calalang told NBC10's Rosemary Connors. "Im going to show her what happened."

    Jiminez remained in critical condition Monday after suffering head injuries, broken ribs and a punctured lung. Investigators say Jiminez was visiting the area from the Philippines.

    Woman Arrested for Voorhees Hit-and-Run

    [PHI] Woman Arrested for Voorhees Hit-and-Run
    Police have made an arrest in the Voorhees hit-and-run. The suspect, Michele Toussaint, 44, of Berlin, was arrested on Sunday.

    On Sunday, NBC10 spoke with Josh Llamas, Catherine's fiance.

    "She's traumatized," said Llamas. "Every time she closes her eyes she sees the car."

    Police Search for Voorhees Hit-and-Run Vehicle

    [PHI] Police Search for Voorhees Hit-and-Run Vehicle
    As two cousins continue to recover from their injuries, police are searching for the Ford Fusion they believe struck the women in Voorhees and fled the scene.

    Llamas also tells NBC10 their wedding is planned for Feb. 4.

    "We were getting our wedding done and all of a sudden this happened," said Llamas.

    Police Search for NJ Hit-&-Run Driver

    [PHI] Police Search for NJ Hit-&-Run Driver
    Police are searching for the driver who hit two woman along Haddonfield-Berlin Road in Voorhees, NJ and then drove away.

    Michele Toussaint, Credit: Voorhees Township Police

    Police say they received an anonymous tip on Sunday at 2 p.m. which led them to the 200 block of Stevens Place in Magnolia, N.J. When they arrived they say they found the damaged vehicle in the hit-and-run, a 2006 Burgundy Ford Fusion, on the street. After taking the vehicle to a storage area, police say they were led to a person of interest in the case, Michele Toussaint, 44, of Berlin, N.J.

    2 Women Struck in Voorhees Hit-and-Run: Cops

    [PHI] 2 Women Struck in Voorhees Hit-and-Run: Cops
    Two women are in the hospital after police say they were struck by a car which fled the scene in Voorhees, NJ.

    On Sunday, around 6:40 p.m., police say they were checking an area of interest in Voorhees when they spotted a vehicle making an illegal turn. Police pulled the vehicle over and identified Toussaint as the passenger. Toussaint was with a relative who was driving and claimed she was heading to police to turn herself in, according to investigators. She was taken into custody without incident.

    On Monday Toussaint was charged with leaving the scene of an accident, endangering an injured victim and causing injury while driving on a suspended license. She was remanded to the Camden County Correctional Facility on $62,500 bail. According to the Department of Motor Vehicles, Toussaint has had 52 driver’s license suspensions since 1991. The DMV also states she has had 16 moving violations since her driver’s license was issued in 1986.

    NBC10 spoke with Nancy Smith, Toussaint's neighbor.

    "She didn't seem like the type of person to do something like that," said Smith, who says she's known Toussaint's family for decades.

    Smith says she's especially shocked because Toussaint's own husband died in a car crash.

    "I can't understand how she can leave the scene of an accident especially when her own husband was killed in a car accident and the devastation it's done to her own child," said Smith. "I can't see how she can do this to somebody else's family."

    NBC10 tried to talk to Toussaint's family but a woman who answered the door quickly closed it.

    The family of  Catherine and Laurene released the following statement:

    Family of the victims would like to thank the Voorhees township police for their efforts in finding the person responsible for what happened to Catherine and Laurene and for constantly extending their reassurance to us. We would also like to thank the media for getting our story out, making the community aware of our plea for justice. We are relieved and thankful for the news that came today. We are in gratitude to the person who made the call to the authorities. We are grateful to everyone who prayed with us and who sent their support to Cathy and Laurene. They both have a long way to go before fully recovering but we are hopeful that they and the rest of the family can begin moving forward after today.