MAYS LANDING – A Galloway man has been indicted for leaving the scene of a fatal
accident that claimed the life of an Atlantic City man last summer, acting Atlantic County
Prosecutor Jim McClain announced.
Yesterday afternoon, an Atlantic County Grand Jury indicted Leo Strazzeri, 42, for
second-degree leaving the scene of a fatal accident in connection with a hit-and-run that
left 45-year-old Daniel Tavarez dead.
On the evening of July 9, 2012, a vehicle driven by Strazzeri struck and killed Tavarez,
who was crossing the crosswalk at the intersection of Route 30 and Pennsylvania
Avenue in a motorized wheelchair. After striking the victim, Strazzeri fled the scene of
The Atlantic City Police Department and the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office Fatal
Collisions Unit responded to the scene. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
An autopsy later certified the cause of death as multiple traumatic injuries.
Police subsequently located the vehicle Strazzeri was driving unoccupied in Atlantic
Strazzeri was issued multiple Title 39 summons (motor vehicle violations) including;
leaving the scene of an accident, failure to report an accident, careless driving, failure to
exhibit a driver's license, failure to exhibit registration, uninsured motorist and reckless
Following an investigation conducted by the Prosecutor's Office Fatal Collisions Unit
and the Atlantic City Police Department Accident Bureau, acting Prosecutor McClain
authorized criminally charging Strazzeri with second-degree leaving the scene of a fatal