Ship Bottom Man Charged With Murdering Neighbor

Man accused of striking another with a motor vehicle Wednesday night, resulting in victim's death

A Ship Bottom senior suffered serious injuries and died Wednesday night after being struck by his neighbor's motor vehicle, Ocean County Prosecutor Marlene Lynch Ford said in a release.

Ship Bottom Police arrived to West 7th Street at 7:19 p.m. Wednesday, where they found James Hunsinger, 73, lying in a driveway with "very serious injuries," the release said.

Hunsinger, of 244 West 7th Street, was taken to the Atlantic City Medical Center, where he died at 10:55 p.m.

The man who allegedly struck Hunsinger, Terrence O’Brien, 63, also of 244 West 7th Street, was charged with murder.

"It is alleged that Mr. O’Brien intentionally struck Mr. Hunsinger with a motor vehicle, which resulted in Mr. Hunsinger’s death," the release said. 

"It appears that they lived at the same address," said Assistant Prosecutor Michel A. Paulhus. "I think it's a two-family home, that’s the information that I have." 

O'Brien's bail was set at $750,000 with no 10 percent option by Superior Court Judge Stephanie M. Wauters. 

The investigation is continuing. The Prosecutor's Office is asking anyone with information concerning this case to contact Detective Casey Long of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 929-2027 or Detective Michael Nash of the Ship Bottom Police Department at (609) 494-1518.


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