Driver in fatal Secaucus hit-and-run turns himself in to authorities after identity made public

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The driver involved in a fatal Secaucus hit-and-run earlier this month turned himself in after authorities made a public appeal to locate him yesterday, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez announced.

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

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

David Ceausu, 19, of Baltimore, Maryland, has been charged with knowingly leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death, a second-degree crime.

Ceausu turned himself in to the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office with his attorney Thursday afternoon just before 1 p.m. following an social media and press appeal that had his name and photos shared with outlets across New Jersey, New York, Maryland and other locations in the United States and Canada.

On Monday, July 6th, 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 deceased 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.

The vehicle Ceausu was driving, a 2020 Chevy Tahoe, was identified and since recovered.

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

She also thanked the public and the media for the ‘wanted’ coverage related to Ceausu.

The state has moved to detain Ceausu pending trial.