Jersey City Driver Charged in Multi-Fatal Collision on Paterson Plank Road

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Jersey City, NJ – A tragic multi-fatal collision on Paterson Plank Road has resulted in the arrest of a 23-year-old man, Ziyang Wang, of Jersey City. The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office announced today that Wang has been charged with several serious offenses in connection with the incident that claimed multiple lives.

The incident occurred on Monday, October 16, 2023, at approximately 12:45 a.m. when the Jersey City Police Department received reports of a two-car collision on Paterson Plank Road, just south of Congress Street. Upon arrival, officers discovered a BMW X5 M50i had collided head-on with a Kia Amanti. Tragically, the driver of the Kia, identified as 26-year-old Dylan Weidenfeld of Jersey City, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Inside the BMW were five individuals, with Ziyang Wang identified as the driver. One female backseat passenger was also pronounced dead at the scene, while a male backseat passenger was rushed to Jersey City Medical Center but was later pronounced dead. Their identities are currently being withheld pending notification of next of kin. A 19-year-old female backseat passenger from the BMW remains in critical condition at Jersey City Medical Center, while a front seat female passenger sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

Preliminary investigations have revealed that Wang was operating the vehicle at speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour in the moments leading up to the fatal collision.

As a result of these findings, the Hudson County Regional Collision Investigation Unit, in collaboration with the Jersey City Police Department, arrested Wang on Wednesday, October 18, 2023. He faces the following charges:

  • Three counts of Reckless Manslaughter (crimes of the second degree)
  • Three counts of Death by Auto (crimes of the second degree)
  • One count of Assault by Auto (a crime of the fourth degree)

Wang was taken into custody at Jersey City Medical Center, where he will remain until medically cleared.

It’s important to note that these charges are accusations, and Wang is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

This tragic incident highlights the devastating consequences of reckless driving, and the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, along with local law enforcement, is committed to thoroughly investigating the matter to ensure that justice is served.

The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office continues to gather evidence, and further developments in this case will be reported as they arise.