Bayonne man who fled the scene of fatal accident sentenced to 5 years in state prison


A Bayonne man who fled the scene of a fatal accident in September 2020 was sentenced to five years in state prison last week.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

On Friday, Hudson County Superior Court Judge John A. Young, Jr. sentenced James Nichols, 51, of Bayonne, to five years in New Jersey State Prison for second-degree leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death.

The incident in question is related to the death of John Hagans, 50, of Jersey City. The sentence also includes a consecutive 2-year driver’s license suspension.

On September 10th, 2020, Nichols was driving a Ford F150 in Bayonne at a high rate of speed when he struck Hagans in the area of Avenue C and 25th Street and then left the scene.

The Hudson County Regional Collision Investigation Unit, with assistance from the Bayonne Police Department, investigated the case.

The state was represented by Assistant Prosecutor Andrew Baginski from the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit.

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