Police were investigating two deaths Thursday on South Jersey roadways, including a possible hit-and-run in Bridgeton.

In Hamilton Township, a 43-year-old man died from injuries suffered in a motor vehicle accident late Wednesday in which his vehicle struck a utility pole and several trees, police said.

James Romeo, who Egg Harbor City police said was from Mullica Township, was driving a 2004 Jeep Liberty in the area of Creek Road and Weymouth Road at about 10:10 p.m. when his vehicle left the roadway for unknown reasons, police said.

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Romeo was not wearing a seatbelt and no airbags deployed in the vehicle, police said. He was extricated from the wreckage and airlifted to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, City Campus in Atlantic City, where he later was pronounced dead, police said.

Officers are still investigating the crash.

In Bridgeton, a Delaware woman was identified as a victim of what police said may have been a hit-and-run accident Wednesday night.

Bernadette Montgomery, 54, of New Castle, was pronounced dead at the scene when police found her lying on the road at McCormick Place, between Orange and Bank streets.

She was found partially on the curb and partially on the roadway, with injuries indicating she was run over, police said.

Using cameras of businesses nearby, police were able to contact about six drivers that passed by — including trucks, passenger vehicles and public transit buses. Police said she had just gotten off an NJ Transit bus before the accident.

An autopsy is scheduled for today. Police are considering the possibility she was struck or fell and was accidentally run over.

No charges had been filed as of Thursday night, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Bridgeton police at 856-455-3230.

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