A man is under arrest in the hit-and-run killing of a New Jersey woman who was trying to save a dog on a Somerset Township road, police announced Wednesday.
Police believe Brian C. McCauslin, from Pennsylvania, was driving the black Ford F-250 pickup truck that slammed into 22-year-old Tiffany Jantelle, killing her just a week before her birthday.
According to the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office, police made the arrest after multiple tips from the public led them first to the passenger in the pickup, then to McCauslin.
He was arrested at 9:50 p.m. Tuesday evening at his home in York Springs, Pennsylvania, and charged with knowingly leaving the scene of a fatal motor vehicle accident resulting in death in the 2nd degree.
"It's so hard," Jantelle's mother, Corrine Nellius told PIX 11 News. "My heart is broken, it's hatred, I'm destroyed inside."
Nellius said the driver knows what he did.
"He was this close to my daughter," Nellius said, as she illustrated the face-to-face confrontation. "He saw her bleeding out, he literally said (he was) in big trouble, got in the car and drove away."
Jantelle had been riding with her boyfriend, Danny Oswick, when the couple hit a dog that ran in front of the on Weston Canal Rd., police said. After they pulled over, her boyfriend said, Jantelle, a horseback rider and animal lover, rushed to help the injured dog. It was then, Oswick said, that the truck, driving at a high speed, slammed into his girlfriend. "The guy didn't stop, didn't swerve, just hit her," Oswik said.
McCauslin is presently being held at the Adams County Jail awaiting extradition proceedings to New Jersey.
Stephanie Tsoflias contributed to this reportCopyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun