Three top law enforcement officials want to know if anyone in Hudson County knows anything about the man who mowed down a Union City mother and grandmother Tuesday morning.
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Luisa Valdez died after she was hit by an SUV that jumped the curb outside Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen.
The 59-year-old pedestrian is being mourned by her longtime colleagues at Harborage Nursing Home, where she worked for more than two decades.
According to Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office spokesman Ray Worrall, the Hyundai Santa Fe slammed into the bus stop at 7600 River Road around 6:45 a.m., critically injuring Valdez.
The driver, now known to police as Olvy Torres of New York abandoned the car, then fled on foot — “without attempting to render any aid to the victim,” says Prosecutor Esther Suarez, Sheriff Frank Schillari and Police Chief Bob Dowd.
Torres remains at large.
The victim was pronounced dead at the scene at approximately 7 a.m.
Multiple law enforcement agencies collaborated on the investigation, including the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office, North Bergen Police Department, Office of the Hudson County Prosecutor, Maywood Police Department K-9 Unit, Secaucus Police Department and New York Police Department.
“Luisa was a beautiful person,” co-worker Angel Miranda told WABC News. Valdez leaves behind two sons, a daughter and several grandchildren.
A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Torres, 36, for leaving the scene of a fatal accident resulting in death.
Anyone with any information about the whereabouts of Olvy Torres should contact the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office Crash Investigation Unit at 201-915-1300 or the North Bergen Police Department at 201-392-2100.