Authorities seeking public’s help to find driver involved in fatal North Bergen hit-and-run


The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office is seeking the public’s help to locate a Paterson woman that was believed to have been the driver during a fatal hit-and-run in North Bergen last month.

Monica Ippolito. Photo courtesy of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Yesterday, an arrest warrant was issued for Monica D. Ippolito, 49, of Paterson, for her role in the fatal hit-and-run collision which occurred on February 18th at approximately 8:15 p.m. in North Bergen, Prosecutor Esther Suarez said in a statement.

The collision resulted in the death of 34-year-old Darlene Westbrook who was found lying in the roadway on 43rd Street in the area of Tonnelle Avenue.

Ippolito is the suspected driver of the gold Chrysler Voyager Minivan observed on surveillance video recently released to the public by the HCPO.

As a result, she has been  charged with leaving the scene of a motor vehicle collision resulting in death.

Investigators with the Hudson County Regional Collision Investigation Unit and the North Bergen Police Department are now asking the public for assistance in locating Ippolito.

Anyone with information concerning the whereabouts of Monica Ippolito is asked to contact the Hudson County Regional Collision Investigation Unit at 201-915-1345 or leave an anonymous tip on the Prosecutor’s Office official website at:

All information will be kept confidential.

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