66-year-old Jersey City Woman arrested in Fatal Hit-and-Run

A Jersey City woman has been arrested and charged for her involvement in last week’s motor vehicle collision that caused the death of a pedestrian, Cory Nettles, on Monmouth Street in Jersey City.

On Thursday, December 27, 2018, at approximately 12:30 p.m., Delores Freire, age 66, of Jersey City, was arrested by members of the Hudson County Regional Collision Investigation Unit and charged with Leaving the Scene of a Motor Vehicle Accident Resulting in Death in violation of N.J.S. 2C-11-5.1.

Freire was arrested without incident at the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office in Jersey City. She was transported to the Hudson County Correctional Facility in Kearny following her arrest and made her first appearance on this charge in Criminal Justice Reform Court in the Hudson County Administration Building in Jersey City earlier today.

Prosecutor Suarez credited the Hudson County Regional Collision Investigation Unit for the investigation and arrest and the Jersey City Police Department for their assistance in the investigation.

On Saturday, December 22, 2018, at approximately 5:30 p.m., the Jersey City Police Department received a report of a man lying in the roadway on Monmouth Street in the area between 10th and 12th streets. Upon arrival, responding Police Officers observed an unresponsive male with apparent injuries consistent with being struck by a vehicle. There were also vehicle parts found at the scene.

The man, who was later identified as Nettles, age 44, of Jersey City, was transported by Emergency Medical Services to Jersey City Medical Center where he was pronounced dead shortly after 6:30 p.m.

The above charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty. R.P.C.3.6(b)(6).