Two women stole a car, drove on the sidewalk twice in attempts to flee, and struck a 57-year-old man – the owner of the car – in Jersey City yesterday afternoon, an official said.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
Yesterday at about 3:02 p.m. near the intersection of Newark Avenue and John F. Kennedy Boulevard, a 57-year-old man told police that he left his Honda Civic double parked near Newark Avenue and Herbert place, according to the crash investigation report.
The man stated that two unknown women jumped into the vehicle and began to drive on the sidewalk on the westbound side on Newark Avenue approaching John F. Kennedy Boulevard.
The victim further stated that he attempted to run after the vehicle, but the driver made a left turn onto John F. Kennedy Boulevard, striking him. He was treated at the scene and refused further medical attention, city spokeswoman Kimberly Wallace-Scalcione said.
A police officer reviewed CCTV cameras located at John F. Kennedy Boulevard and Newark Avenue, which confirmed the validity of the victim’s statement.
After the vehicle made the left turn onto John F. Kennedy Boulevard, it then drove onto the sidewalk, striking a pole before continuing northbound on the sidewalk.
The vehicle continued driving on the sidewalk, where it struck the wall right before reaching the intersection of St. Pauls Avenue and the car was rendered disabled.
The car was found abandoned at the intersection of John F. Kennedy Boulevard and St. Pauls Avenue after the women fled on foot. An investigation into the incident is ongoing, Wallace-Scalcione said.
This is the sixth hit-and-run incident in Jersey City since January 26th and at least the ninth one in 2023, with the JCPD still looking into a Saturday night incident where two restaurant workers were struck when a car was driven into Taqueria Downtown.