Baltimore man pleads guilty to fatal Secaucus hit-and-run that killed Union City woman

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A Baltimore pleaded guilty to a fatal Secaucus hit-and-run that killed a 35-year-old Union City woman back in July, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez announced.

David Ceausu. David Ceausu. Photos courtesy of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Yesterday, David Ceausu, age 20, of Baltimore, pleaded guilty to charges related to his involvement in the July 6th fatal hit-and-run in Secaucus that killed a 35-year-old Union City woman, Suarez said in a statement.

Ceausu pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree knowingly leaving the scene of an
accident resulting in death and to a motor vehicle summons for leaving the scene of an accident.

The plea agreement calls for the defendant to be sentenced in the third degree range with the State recommending a sentence of five years in New Jersey State Prison to be followed by a two year driver’s license suspension.

The plea on the motor vehicle summons is subject to a $2,500 fine.

The plea was accepted by Hudson County Superior Court Judge Paul M. DePascale during a virtual plea hearing.

On Monday, July 6th, 2020, members of the Secaucus Police Department responded to the area of the Route 3 Service Road, which is in front of 850 Paterson Plank Road, at approximately 7:30 p.m. on reports of a pedestrian struck with life-threatening injuries.

The victim, a 35-year-old Union City woman who was later identified as Reyna Huerta-Flores, was transported to Hudson Regional Hospital where she was pronounced dead at 11:16 p.m.

According to the investigation, the victim was walking home to Union City from work in
Secaucus when she was struck by Ceausu who fled the scene in a 2020 Chevy Tahoe.

Sentencing in this case has been scheduled for April 8th, 2021 before DePascale.

Suarez credited the Hudson County Regional Collision Investigation Unit and the Secaucus Police Department for the investigation and arrest.

The state is represented in this case by Assistant Prosecutor Andrew Baginski of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.