Niraj Patel, 21, of Edison, has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death in connection to the collision that killed Naphtali Dykes, 30, of East Orange, as he walked near Central Avenue, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said in a press release this afternoon.
Man Gets Out of Jail, Hit by 2 Cars, Dies: Officials
Responding Kearny police officers found Dykes dead in the middle of the highway at 1:55 a.m. and he was pronounced dead at the scene at about 2:20 a.m., Prosecutors Office spokesman Ray Worrall said.
Detectives of the Hudson County Regional Fatal Collision Unit identified a man who remained at the scene after inadvertently running Dykes over. He faces no charges at this time, Worrall said.
But after inspecting the crash scene, detectives discovered that another vehicle was apparently involved. After further investigation, the other suspected vehicle was located along with the alleged driver – Patel, Worrall said.
The preliminary investigation revealed that Dykes had been released from the Hudson County jail Hackensack Avenue in Kearny earlier that morning, Worrall said.
Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez credited the Kearny Police Department for assisting in the investigation and the Edison Police Department for assisting in making the arrest, Worrall said.
KEARNY, N.J. (AP) Authorities say a man just released from a county jail in New Jersey was struck and killed in a hit-and-run accident.
Hudson County prosecutors say police in Kearny found 30-year-old Naphtali Dykes lying in the center of Old Lincoln Highway shortly before 2 a.m. Saturday. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Prosecutors said a motorist who remained at the scene told police that he inadvertently drove over the victim. Hes not being charged.
Detectives found that another vehicle was involved and located it, and prosecutors say 21-year-old Niraj Patel of Edison was charged with leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident resulting in death. Its unclear whether he has an attorney.
Prosecutors said Dykes had been released from the Hudson County Correctional Center in Kearny earlier that morning.
This story has been corrected to note the dateline as Kearny N.J. rather than Kearny Pa.