According to a Newark police spokesman, the hit-and-run accident occurred at the intersection of Broad Street and Court Street in Newark, NJ. A 31-year-old man and a 30-year-old woman were reportedly struck by an out-of-control vehicle.
Newark police received a report of the accident and dispatched officers to the scene. When police arrived at the scene of the accident, they found the two victims “suffering from serious injuries.”
Although the victims were hurt, they were alert and able to communicate with police. The victims told officers that they had been walking west on Court Street and were in the process of crossing onto Broad Street when a silver sport utility vehicle slammed into them.
According to the victims, the vehicle that hit them may have been a Jeep.
After crashing into the victims, the driver kept driving and fled the scene.
The Newark Police Department is actively investigating the hit-and-run accident. At this time, investigators have not identified a suspect.
If the driver is eventually identified and located, they would be subject to significant penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 39:4-129, leaving the scene of an accident that results in personal injury can lead to a jail sentence of up to 180 days, as well as driver’s license suspension for 1 year.
Anyone who has information about the Newark hit-and-run accident or the driver of the Jeep is asked to contact the Newark Police Department anonymous tip line at 877-695-8477 or 877-695-4867.
For additional information about this case, go to the NJ.com article entitled “2 Pedestrians Seriously Injured in Newark Hit-and-Run, Police Say.”