UPDATED: Prosecutor’s Office Says Driver in Jersey City Hit & Run Turns Himself In


UPDATED 3 PM FRIDAY:  The Prosecutor’s Office says the driver wanted in connection with a New Year’s Day hit and run that seriously injured a Jersey City woman has turned himself in to detectives with the Hudson County Regional Collision Investigation Unit.


Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez has released the following information:

A Jersey City man has been charged and is being sought by the Hudson County Regional Collision Investigation Unit for his involvement in a Jersey City hit and run crash that caused serious bodily injury to a 26-year-old woman in the early morning hours of January 1, 2021.

Asim Murrell, 42, of Jersey City, has been charged with Leaving the Scene of an Accident Causing Serious Bodily Injury in violation of N.J.S.A.2C:12-1.1, a crime of the third degree, Hindering in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:29-3(B)1, a crime of the third degree; and Causing Serious Bodily Injury While Driving with a Suspended License in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:40-22B, a crime of the fourth degree.

On Friday, January 1, 2021, just after 1 a.m., members of the Jersey City Police Department responded to the area of Ocean and Warner avenues on reports of a pedestrian struck and located the victim who had sustained serious injuries. The victim was transported to the Jersey City Medical Center where she was treated for multiple, serious injuries.

According to the initial investigation, the victim was in the northbound lane of Ocean Avenue approaching a parked vehicle when she was struck by a black Cadillac Escalade that was traveling north on Ocean Avenue. The striking vehicle fled the scene continuing northbound on Ocean Avenue.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Murrell is asked to contact the Office of the Hudson County Prosecutor at 201-915-1345 or to leave an anonymous tip at: http://www.hudsoncountyprosecutorsofficenj.org/homicide-tip/. All information will be kept confidential.

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


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