Driver Charged In Hit-And-Run Of Bicyclist

John Madden (Photo courtesy Ocean County Prosecutor's Office)

  LONG BEACH TOWNSHIP – A Little Egg Harbor man was arrested for driving into a bicyclist and then leaving the scene of the crime.

  John Madden, 41, of Little Egg Harbor Township allegedly struck a bicyclist on April 8 on Long Beach Boulevard. He was charged with Assault by Auto and Knowingly Leaving the Scene of a Motor Vehicle Accident. Additionally, he faces charges of Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs; Reckless Driving; Leaving the Scene of an Accident; and Failure to Report an Accident.

  The victim, Daniel Bogacz, 63, of Beach Haven, was riding his bicycle in the same direction on Long Beach Boulevard. After Madden’s 2020 Jeep Liberty struck Bogacz, the driver allegedly did not stop to help, but instead made a u-turn and drove past the injured victim.

  Bogacz was air-lifted to Atlantic City Medical Center where he is presently listed in critical condition. 

  This case is still under investigation and additional charges may be forthcoming. These charges are just accusations until proven guilty in a court of law.

  Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer  and Long Beach Township Police Chief Anthony Deely thanked the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Vehicular Homicide Unit, Long Beach Township Police Department, Harvey Cedars Police Department, Surf City Police Department, Little Egg Harbor Police Department, Ship Bottom Police Department and Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit for their assistance in connection with this investigation.