Driver Charged In Connection To Kearny Hit-And-Run Two Weeks Ago

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The Hudson County Regional Collision Investigation Unit has charged a Newark woman in connection with a hit-and-run collision that seriously injured a pedestrian in Kearny on Thursday, May 30, 2024.

Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez reported this afternoon that 63-year old, Sonia Salazar, has been charged with knowingly leaving the scene of a motor vehicle collision resulting in serious bodily injury; endangering an injured victim; and causing serious injury while driving on a revoked/suspended license.  Prosecutor Suarez says Salazar was arrested at the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office in Secaucus on Thursday, June 6, 2024. She was released pending her first court appearance, which is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, June 20, 2024.

According to the Prosecutor, the series of events unfolded as follows on May 30th.  Shortly after 7 a.m., the Kearny Police Department was notified of a pedestrian struck at the intersection of Kearny Avenue and Columbia Avenue. Responding police officers found a male victim, later identified as a 76-year-old Kearny resident, with serious injuries. The striking vehicle fled the scene. The victim was transported by Emergency Medical Services to University Hospital in Newark for treatment.

The above charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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