TOMS RIVER – A Point Pleasant woman who struck a female juvenile with her car and fled the scene of the accident will face three years of probation and 50 hours of community service as a result of her guilty plea to the motor vehicle offense.
Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer announced on Feb. 14 that Brittany Keifer, 27, had been sentenced earlier in the day by Ocean County Judge Wendel E. Daniels. Due to Keifer’s previously entered guilty plea, she did not receive jail time for leaving the scene of an accident which resulted in a serious bodily injury.
Keifer won’t be driving for the next 12 months. She also received one year’s suspension of her driving privilege and a $2,500 fine. The State argued for Keifer to serve 364 days in the Ocean County Jail as a condition of probation. She pled guilty to both charges on Dec. 2, 2019 before the Judge Theresa Cunningham.
Kyle Ramos, 29, Seaside Heights was Keifer’s co-defendant, and he entered a guilty plea to hindering apprehension or prosecution before Judge Cunningham on Dec. 2, 2019. Ramos will be sentenced at a later time.
The incident occurred on Aug. 9, 2019. Point Pleasant police responded to a report of a hit and run incident on Route 88. The officers discovered that a female juvenile riding a bicycle had been struck by a dark colored BMW that fled the scene.
The victim suffered serious bodily injuries and was transported to Jersey Shore Medical Center, Neptune. An investigation by Borough Police and the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Vehicular Homicide Unit determined that Keifer had struck the juvenile with her car and fled the scene.
Keifer then contacted Ramos to pick her up at a location several blocks away in Point Pleasant. Ramos assisted Keifer in hiding the vehicle and attempted to have the vehicle repaired in an effort to hinder the investigation. Keifer decided to turn herself in to law enforcement the next day.
Prosecutor Billhimer acknowledges the diligence of Supervising Assistant Prosecutor Michael Abatemarco who handled this case on behalf of the State, as well as the cooperative endeavors of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Vehicular Homicide Unit, Point Pleasant Borough Police Department, and Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit.