Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Verona Police Chief Mitchell Stern are seeking assistance from the public in identifying individuals who may have been witnesses to a fatal hit and run that occurred in Verona on Friday, June 24.


Businessman and longtime Verona resident, Matthew BeneduceMcGrath, 59, was crossing, south to north, on Bloomfield Avenue near Hillcrest when he was struck by a motor vehicle. The incident occurred at approximately 9:30 p.m. The victim was transported to University Hospital in Newark, where he was pronounced dead at 9:58 p.m.


Authorities are looking to identify the individuals in these still photographs who may have been witnesses to the incident. Red arrows are pointing to those individuals.


Anyone with information is asked to contact the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force tips line at 1-877-TIPS-4EC or 1-877-847-7432. The investigation is active and ongoing.