Wanted Man is Lower Twp Hit and Run Suspect
The suspect in Saturday's hit and run accident that left two North Cape May pedestrians injured is wanted for a felony in Tennessee.
Micheal Morelli, 45, of Wildwood Crest also has a failure to appear warrant from Hammonton.
Lower Township Police say they responded to Bayshore Road and Pontaxit Avenue in North Cape May and found two pedestrians who were injured by a hit and run driver.
The Press of Atlantic City reports that woman was lying in the middle of Bayshore Road and the man was clinging to a utility pole nearby, according to the police report.
An investigation found that Michael Morelli was the driver of the car, police said. He stuck the woman then continued before striking the man a few yards away, police said.
The woman was flown to AtlantiCare's Regional Trauma Unit in Atlantic City and the man was taken to Cape Regional Medical Center. Both are listed in stable condition.
The victims' names were not released.
Morelli was wanted for a felony escape from Tennessee. He also was wanted on a failure to appear warrant out of Hammonton.
He was charged with two counts of leaving the scene of an accident that resulted in serious bodily injury and as a fugitive from justice. He was also issued motor vehicle summonses for reckless driving, driving while suspended and failure to report an accident.
Two passengers from Morelli's car, who initially ran after the accident but later returned to the scene, were questioned by police and given summons for leaving the scene of an accident.