Corrections officer indicted for double fatal North Bergen hit-and-run


A Hudson County corrections officer has been indicted for a double fatal North Bergen hit-and-run that occurred back in April, Prosecutor Esther Suarez announced.

Michael Hansen. Photo courtesy of the Hudson County Prosecutor's Office.
Michael Hansen. Photo courtesy of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

On Wednesday, October 25th, a Hudson County Grand Jury returned an indictment against Michael Hansen, age 38, of North Bergen, charging him with four counts related to the deaths of Russell Maffei and Marie Tauro in a North Bergen fatal collision that occurred on April 2, Suarez said in a statement.

The indictment charged Hansen with two counts of death by auto and two counts of knowingly leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident resulting in death, authorities said.

On Sunday, April 2, at approximately 8:05 p.m., the North Bergen Police Department received a report of a pedestrian struck near the intersection of Paterson Plank Road and John F. Kennedy Boulevard in North Bergen.

Upon arrival, North Bergen police found two victims, Maffei, 57, and Tauro, 80, both of Jersey City. Maffei and Tauro were transported by Emergency Medical Services to
Jersey City Medical Center where they were pronounced dead shortly before 10:40 p.m., officials said.

The vehicle suspected in the crash fled the scene and was subsequently located in North Bergen. Hansen, who was identified as the owner of the suspected vehicle, was arrested shortly before 4 a.m. at a residence in North Bergen, authorities said.

He was staying at the residence with family members.

The deaths of Maffei and Tauro drew condolences from Republican officials  across the state, including Gov Chris Christie and Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno.