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Daughter and Father Indicted in SBHS Hit and Run

Shivangi Patel was indicted on charges of leaving the scene of an accident with serious bodily injury, endangering an injured victim, and assault by auto.

A township woman and her father were indicted on Aug. 21 in connection to a hit and run at South Brunswick High School earlier this year.

A Middlesex County grand jury returned the indictment charging Shivangi Patel, 19, on charges of leaving the scene of an accident with serious bodily injury, endangering an injured victim, and assault by auto.

The first two charges are third-degree crimes and assault by auto is a fourth-degree crime.

Shivangi's father Rajesh Patel, 51, is charged with hindering the apprehension of his daughter, which is a fourth-degree crime. 

Patel, a student at Rutgers University, to conduct classroom observations for her college course work. At about 7:25 a.m., police said Patel struck a 14-year-old SBHS student in the crosswalk in front of the school, shortly after the victim had been dropped off by her father.

The victim was then knocked onto the hood of Patel's Nissan Altima and hit the windshield of the car, smashing a large hole in the glass, according to police. The victim suffered a severe concussion and a fractured clavicle. She was transported to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, where she was treated and released.

"The preliminary results of the investigation indicate Ms. Patel was traveling at more than twice the posted speed limit when she struck the victim," South Brunswick Police spokesman Sgt. Jim Ryan earlier this year.

Police said that after the collision, Patel then allegedly had her father Rajesh Patel drive her back to SBHS, where she arrived shortly before 8 a.m. and conducted her classroom observations until about 11 a.m., according to police.

Shivangi Patel was charged with leaving the scene of an accident with serious injuries, endangering the welfare of an injured victim, and numerous additional motor vehicle violations. 

Rajesh Patel was also charged with fourth-degree hindering apprehension by attempting to conceal the vehicle and the driver from police. Rajesh was also issued a summons for failure to report an accident and for concealing evidence. 

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Hondagurl August 27, 2012 at 06:52 PM
thats good. let them serve the time. too bad for the victim. shame on the father. what a role model he was
Inky August 28, 2012 at 12:22 AM
Nice "SMUG" shot!!!!!
AM1968 August 28, 2012 at 01:46 PM
actually trying to figure out what kind of "punishment" these 2 are actually getting? agree with Hondagurl, shame on her father... He should have turned her in right away, not brought her back to school...did she loose her license, are they paying a hefty fine, etc? What exactly is happening to them???
fanmandenman August 29, 2012 at 05:08 PM
get used to the orange jumpsuit....

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