Man arrested in deadly Hoboken hit-and-run

A 50-year-old Jamaican native who lives in Brooklyn is the person responsible for the fatal hit-and-run of Zachary Simmons on June 25 in Hoboken.

Zachary had just shared in the glory of his cousin Ben Simmons NBA draft pick, only a day later the basketball star was mourning the 21-year-old Ramsey High School graduate.

“I’m glad I could share this moment in my life with you. Rest in peace Cuzzo . Much love Zachary Simmons #rip,” Ben Simmons tweeted.

Zachary was struck and killed by a black Cadillac Escalade driven by Mark T. Nicholas in the early morning hours as he ran across Willow Avenue.

Video footage shows the SUV hitting Simmons and speeding off, the police say.

According to Sgt. Bruce Miller of the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office, Zachary was in the crosswalk — and in that type of intersection with no signals the pedestrian has the right of way.

He was more than halfway across when he was struck.

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