Motorist from Mt. Holly Charged in Death of Pedestrian; Also Charged for Leaving Scene of an Accident
Monday, January 10, 2022
Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina and Mount Holly Township Police Chief Richard Spitler announced that a 41-year-old Mount Holly resident has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident and failing to seek medical treatment for an injured person after fatally striking a woman with his pickup truck in October 2020.
Angel Carrion, of Blue Jay Lane, was taken into custody on January 6 by officers from the Mount Holly Township Police Department. He was lodged in the Burlington County Jail and released following the first appearance in Superior Court.
The criminal charges against Carrion include Leaving the Scene of a Fatal Accident (Second Degree) and Endangering an Injured Victim (Third Degree) by failing to seek medical assistance after he struck and drove over the victim at approximately 5:30 a.m. on October 16, 2020.
The investigation, which utilized surveillance footage from multiple businesses, revealed that Carrion turned onto Route 38 west from Pine Street in Mount Holly and immediately struck Cynthia Ann Rasinski, 57, of Mount Holly, who was crossing the roadway.
The investigation further revealed that Carrion left the scene but then returned to the intersection, positioning his silver, lifted pickup truck so the headlights illuminated the area where the victim was lying in the roadway. He then drove off again without reporting the incident to the police.
Officers from the Mount Holly Township Police Department were dispatched to the scene a short time later after another motorist reported a person being down in the roadway.
Rasinski was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy performed by Burlington County Medical Examiner Dr. Ian Hood determined that Rasinksi died from multiple injuries.
The investigation was conducted by the Mount Holly Township Police Department and the Prosecutor’s Office. The lead investigator is MHTPD Detective Nicholas Dell-Priscoli.
Carrion will be prosecuted by Assistant Prosecutor Joshua Dennis, supervisor of the BCPO Collision and Accident Reconstruction Unit.
Anyone with information about the collision, or who was traveling in the area of Route 38 and Pine Street in Mount Holly between 5:15 a.m. and 5:45 a.m. on October 16, 2020, is asked to contact the Mount Holly Township Police Department at 609-864-2231 or the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office at [email protected]
All persons are considered innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.