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Clark Man Charged in Adams Street Hit-and-Run

Peter Jacobi, 54, was charged with aggravated assault and leaving the scene of an accident.

Clark Police have charged Clark resident Peter Jacobi, 54, in the Jan. 12

According to police reports, Jacobi struck Christine Vanbenschoten, 41, also a Clark resident, as she was walking north on Madison Hill Road with a dog.

Jacobi came forward to police, according to Captain Al Scherb, On Feb. 8, Jacobi was arrested, charged with aggravated assault and leaving the scene of an accident, and released after being issued a court date.

A witness driving on Madison Hill Road said she saw a white four-door pickup truck coming in the opposite direction cut off the car in front of her to make a left onto Adams Street. As the pickup turned, the witness stated it struck and stopped "over" the victim. The witness then panicked according the the report, proceeded to her own residence and called the police. The witness later returned to the scene and provided officers with her account. See the accident report in our gallery, above right.

Clark Police responded to the scene and found the victim in the middle of Adams Street near where the road intersects Madison Hill Road, approximately 35 feet from where the pickup struck her, according to the report.

In the weeks after the accident, the police department posted flyers in a search for the driver.

Sheila March 30, 2012 at 11:17 AM
Some drivers seem to behave as if the road was only theirs and every other user if the road should move to make space for them...... And I thought these drivers lived in nyc only...
Rosemarie Zub March 30, 2012 at 11:48 AM
Im happy she is ok , But how is the dog?
Jessica Remo (Editor) March 30, 2012 at 03:10 PM
Hi Rosemarie- Last I heard the dog was fine and returned by police to it's owner. I believe Ms. Vanbenschoten is a dog-walker.
Richard T. Seng March 30, 2012 at 06:19 PM
Look out for the next accident at Benjamin and King Streets.

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