According to officials, the 41-year-old victim pulled over his delivery truck on Route 440 North when something fell out of the vehicle. The victim stood on the ramp to the New Jersey Turnpike when another car drove by and hit him.
The accident happened sometime after 3:00 a.m.
After the car crash, the suspect allegedly drove away and fled the scene.
Law enforcement showed up at the scene of the accident and spoke with a passenger in the delivery truck. The passenger said that he didn’t know what happened until he exited the truck and saw the victim lying on the ground.
A passing motorist stopped saw the victim injured on the pavement and stopped to provide assistance. The motorist also called 911 to alert police to the injured victim.
Police and emergency responders arrived a short time later. The victim was then taken to the Jersey City Medical Center-Barnabas Health so that he could get medical treatment for head injuries. Afterwards, he was listed in “extremely critical condition.”
Bayonne New Jersey police are actively investigating the hit-and-run crash. At this time, police have not released information about the suspect’s vehicle.
If police can eventually identify and locate a suspect in the case, it is likely that criminal charges would follow. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1.1, anyone who flees the scene of an accident that resulted in serious injury to someone else can be charged with third degree leaving the scene of an accident. A conviction could lead to a sentence of 3-5 years in NJ State Prison.
For more information about this case, see the NJ.com article entitled “Bergen County Man Struck in Hit-and-Run in Bayonne in ‘Extremely Critical’ Condition, Cops Say.”