Nathan W. Jester Jr., 35, was arrested and charged with leaving the scene of a collision resulting in death and failure to report a collision resulting in death.

Detectives with the Delaware State Police have arrested a Felton man in connection with a fatal hit and run crash near Sandtown.

Division spokesman Master Cpl. Gary Fournier said Nathan W. Jester Jr., 35, was arrested at his home Wednesday, Sept. 6.

According to document released by Justice of the Peace Court 7, Dover, Roger L. Coberly, 35, was out walking his dog, headed westbound on the shoulder of Willow Grove Road when he was hit by an unknown make or model vehicle. The impact threw Coberly into a tax ditch on the north side of the roadway near his home.

The vehicle continued on westbound without stopping.

Police report Coberly’s dog ran home, and that his wife found her husband in the ditch. She tried to perform CPR, but without success.

Police at the scene recovered a number of vehicle parts including a mirror housing, windshield wiper and part of a front air dam. From these clues, detectives learned the vehicle in question was a black Chevrolet Cobalt.

Police received a tip leading them to find the Cobalt at a home on Cedar Grove Road; the car showed damage similar to that expected when a vehicle hits a pedestrian. The vehicle also was missing a mirror, windshield wiper and part of an air dam.

Police contacted Jester’s father, who told them his son had explained the damage as having come from hitting a deer. They later learned the Cobalt belonged to Jester’s girlfriend.

After being read his Miranda rights, Jester admitted to having caused the collision, but said he didn’t know what he’d hit and that he failed to stop to see what happened.

Jester is charged with leaving the scene of a collision resulting in death and failure to report a collision resulting in death.

Other charges may be levied following a grand jury investigation, according to Department of Justice spokesman Carl Kanefsky.

“The investigations are obviously in the early stages,” Kanefsky said. “The initial arrest charges were based off the information gathered thus far, but the investigation is still ongoing and the case will be indicted upon completion.”

He was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 7 and committed to the Vaughn Correctional Center, Smyrna, on a $4001 cash bond.

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Officers with the Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit have identified the victim of a Tuesday night hit and run crash as Roger L. Coberly Jr. of Felton.

Division spokesman Master Cpl. Gary Fournier said Coberly, 35, was out walking his dog, headed westbound on the shoulder of Willow Grove Road when he was hit by an unknown make or model vehicle. The impact threw Coberly into a tax ditch on the north side of the roadway near his home.

The vehicle continued on westbound without stopping, Fournier said, adding it may have driven across the nearby border into Maryland.

Coberly was pronounced dead at the scene, he added. The dog was not injured and ran back to Coberly’s home.

Police are continuing their investigation, Fournier said.

Anyone with information on this crime is asked to contact Sgt. Wheatley at 302-698-8528.

Information also may be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, online at tipsubmit.com, or by anonymous text to 274637 using keyword “DSP.”

ORIGINAL STORY

Delaware State Police are investigating a fatal hit and run pedestrian crash.

Division spokesman Master Cpl. Gary Fournier said the incident occurred around 9:07 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5, in the area of the 1000 block of Willow Grove Road, east of Sandtown Road.

Fournier said a pedestrian was hit by a car and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police have no description of the car, which fled toward the west on State Route 10, possibly into Maryland.

More details will be released upon the conclusion of the investigation, Fournier said.