‘This is a real human soul’: Granddaughter of woman killed in hit-and-run crash wants driver to turn himself in
The granddaughter of an 81-year-old Monmouth County woman killed on Christmas Eve in a hit-and-run crash off of I-195 wants the driver who ran away from the scene to turn himself in.
“They were heading to a small Christmas Eve gathering at my dad's house,” says granddaughter Megan Shtab. “They were two minutes from my dad's house when this happened.”
Around 6 p.m. Christmas Eve on the off ramp of exit 21 in Jackson Township, Norman and Phyllis Shtab never made it to their family dinner. Police say a Silverado crashed into the couple's Mercedes, and the driver, believed to be 27-year-old Roberto Alcazar, of Jackson, ran from the crash and remains on the loose.
“It was my literal wakeup call on Christmas Day from my dad and my stepmom,” says Megan.
Norman was driving at the time of the crash and although injured, survived, but his life partner of 62 years, Phyllis, did not, dying from her injuries two days later.
Megan remembers her grandmother's love of the holidays, and her sense of humor and style.
“She loved fashion,” says Megan. “She always had her nails done. She loved to get her hair done. She had outfits with matching pocketbooks and jewelry and separate hangers to make sure she was always put together.”
Megan now wants justice for a family torn apart on what was her grandmother's favorite holiday of the year. She wants Alcazar to turn himself in.
“This isn't just a name in the news article, this isn't just Phyllis Shtab, 81, of Howell New Jersey -- this is a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a friend and aunt and so many more amazing things. This is a real human soul.”
Police say a passenger in the Silverado was treated and released.