Pedestrian Killed, Driver Charged in Early Morning Tragedy in Jersey City

A tragic motor vehicle accident early Sunday morning in Jersey City has resulted in the death of a 24-year old woman.  Hudson County Prosecutor issued the following press release late this afternoon:

DRIVER CHARGED IN CRASH THAT KILLED 24-YEAR-OLD JERSEY CITY WOMAN ON GARFIELD AVENUE

On Sunday, July 26, 2020, at approximately 7:15 a.m., members of the Jersey City Police Department responded to the Jersey City Medical Center on a call of an unresponsive female being transported to the Emergency Room via private vehicle. Responding officers determined that the 24-year-old female victim was a pedestrian when she was struck around 7 a.m. in the area of Garfield and Chapel Avenues in Jersey City.

The initial investigation by the Hudson County Regional Collision Investigation Unit and the Jersey City Police Department determined that the victim, later identified as Charnell Lytch, had been transported to the hospital in the vehicle that struck her – a 2013 Red, Jeep Grand Cherokee.

The driver who struck Lytch, Bahsil Marsh, 25, of Jersey City, remained at the hospital and officers determined he was under the influence and driving with a suspended license. Ms. Lytch later succumbed from her injuries and was pronounced deceased at 1:48 p.m.

Marsh has been arrested and charged with Causing a Death While Driving with a Suspended License in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:40-22a, a third-degree crime. He was also charged with Driving While Intoxicated, a motor vehicle violation. Additional charges and summonses may be pending.

Prosecutor Suarez credited the Hudson County Regional Collision Investigation Unit and the Jersey City Police Department with the investigation and the arrest.

The events surrounding the collision remain under investigation by the Hudson County Regional Collision Investigation Unit with assistance from the Jersey City Police Department. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Office of the Hudson County Prosecutor at 201-915- 1345 or to leave an anonymous tip on the Hudson County Prosecutor’s official website at http://www.hudsoncountyprosecutorsofficenj.org/homicide-tip/. All information will be kept confidential.

The above charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty. R.P.C.3.6(b)(6).

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