The driver of a vehicle involved in a head-on collision Thursday in Pleasantville has died, police said.

Jose Matta, 53, of Pleasantville, was initially trapped in his vehicle with severe injuries after a car in the oncoming lane crashed into him on North Franklin Boulevard, police said. The driver of that vehicle fled the scene, only to return after police contacted him.

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Matta was taken to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, City Campus, and had been in critical condition for the past two days, police said. He died at 2:20 p.m. Saturday.

The driver who crashed into him, Carlos Fermin, 26, was taken to the Atlantic County jail. Bail was set at $20,000 cash. Fermin is charged with leaving the scene of an accident with serious injuries and being the unlicensed driver of a vehicle involved in such an accident.

Preliminary reports showed Fermin was driving south in an SUV, veered into the northbound lane and crashed head-on into Matta's pickup truck about 9:30 a.m.

The investigation into the crash is ongoing, and anyone with information or who may have witnessed the crash is asked to call Pleasantville police at 609-641-6100. The crash is being investigated by Lt. Matthew Hartman and Patrolman Stacey Williams, of the Pleasantville Police Department, and Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Fatal Collision Unit Sgt. Kevin Hincks.

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