Glouco woman charged in hit-run death of bicyclist

Posted: September 15, 2010

A 40-year-old woman has been arrested and charged in the hit-and-run death of a 44-year-old bicyclist in Deptford late Tuesday.

Charged is Mary Dalton, of 101 Redstone Ridge Drive, Deptford Township.

The victim has been identified as Thomas McCoy, of Mantua Avenue, Woodbury.

The Gloucester County's Prosecutor's Office said Dalton, behind the wheel of a Ford Explorer, hit McCoy about 11:30 p.m. on the northbound side of Delsea Drive near Holy Trinity School.

McCoy apparently had been returning from a shopping trip at a nearby Wal-Mart, officials said.

Investigators say McCoy was riding on the shoulder of the road when the Explorer drifted to the side of road, hitting him. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police found Dalton with her disabled Explorer, which had sustained body damage and lost fluids, about a mile away on Delsea Drive.

Dalton, who was not injured, was arrested and charged with death by auto, leaving the scene of a fatal accident and driving while intoxicated.

She is not related to County Prosecutor Sean Dalton, officials said.

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