LITTLE EGG HARBOR — Officials announced Saturday that the man who was struck by a car driven by his wife on Friday has died, and charges against his wife have been upgraded.
John McNulty, 73, of Lexington Drive officially was declared dead at 12:35 p.m. Friday at Atlantic City Medical Center, said Deputy Chief Michael Mohel of the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office. Because McNulty was an organ donor, his body was kept functioning artificially until organ removal was completed Saturday morning, Mohel said.
On Saturday afternoon, charges against Karen McNulty, 54, were upgraded to aggravated manslaughter.
An autopsy on the victim is expected to be performed Sunday morning.
Around 5:19 Friday morning, John McNulty was walking to a bus stop on Center Street, leaving for work at Caesar's Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, when his wife ran him down with her silver four-door 2007 Hyundai Sonata, Mohel said.
Witnesses told police they saw the Sonata driving very close to John McNulty before passing him, making a U-turn and then hitting him directly, Mohel said. They said that it looked like John McNulty was intentionally struck, Mohel said.
The couple lived two blocks from the scene of the incident, Mohel said.
Keith Gould, a neighbor and recently laid-off township police officer, came to the aid of John McNulty and removed the keys from the Sonata's ignition, preventing Karen McNulty from fleeing the scene, Mohel said. Gould was one of 11 officers laid off by the township last week for budgetary reasons.
Township police Detective Sgt. Michael Hart arrested Karen McNulty at the scene Friday and charged her with aggravated assault. She was taken to Ocean County Jail in Toms River and released after posting the original bail set at $150,000.
After charges against her were upgraded, she was re-arrested around 4:20 p.m. Saturday at her home on Lexington Drive, Mohel said. She was processed at the Little Egg Harbor police station Saturday