Authorities seek help in fatal hit and run

EAST ORANGE, NJ — Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura’s Crime Stoppers program is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible for a fatal hit-and-run incident, according to a June 10 press release. On Sunday, May 24, Gerald Pettiford, 61, of Newark, a pedestrian, was struck in the area of 445 Central Ave. in East Orange.

Pettiford was transported to East Orange General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 10:40 p.m. on May 24.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force at 1-877-847-7432.