A Union City man has been arrested and charged for his involvement in the May 5, 2019, head- on collision on Paterson Plank Road in Jersey City that caused the death of Adriana Riano, a 32- year-old woman from North Bergen.
On June 27, 2019, at approximately 9:35 a.m., Jonathan Ortiz-Guananga, age 26, was arrested without incident by members of the Hudson County Regional Collision Investigation Unit and charged with Death by Auto in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:11-5, a second-degree crime and Assault by Auto in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1, a fourth-degree crime. He has also been charged with violations of Title 39. The violations are Speeding, Driving While Intoxicated, Failure to Maintain a Marked Traffic Lane and Reckless Driving.
Ortiz-Guananga is scheduled to make his first appearance on these charges in Central Judicial Processing Court in the Hudson County Administration Building in Jersey City at 1:00 p.m. on July 24, 2019.
Prosecutor Suarez credited the Hudson County Regional Collision Investigation Unit with the investigation and arrest and the Jersey City Police Department for assisting with the investigation.
On Sunday, May 5, 2019, at approximately 7:15 a.m., Jersey City Police Officers were dispatched to Paterson Plank Road in Jersey City, just south of the Congress Street intersection, on a report of a motor vehicle collision. Upon arrival, the responding officers discovered two vehicles were involved in a collision.
The first vehicle was a 2008 Ford Edge operated by Riano containing a 30-year-old male passenger. The second vehicle was a 2015 Dodge Charger operated by Ortiz-Guananga of Union City.
All three individuals were transported by Emergency Medical Services to Jersey City Medical Center. Riano was pronounced dead at approximately 3:15 p.m. Her passenger was treated for non-life threatening injuries. Ortiz-Guananga was treated for injuries related to severe leg trauma.
The above charges are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty. R.P.C.3.6(b)(6).