UPDATED: HCPO probing 2 fatal Jersey City incidents: body found in Hudson River & pedestrian struck


The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office is probing two fatal incidents in Jersey City: one where a dead body was found in the Hudson River near Harborside and another where a pedestrian was fatally struck.

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By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit is investigating a body that was found in the Hudson River on the Jersey City waterfront near Harborside,” the HCPO tweeted this morning.

“The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Regional Collision Investigation Unit is investigating an incident in which a pedestrian was fatally struck on Summit Avenue near Hopkins Avenue in Jersey City early this morning,” they added in a subsequent tweet.

At 11:20 a.m. this morning, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez provided more information on the pedestrian who was killed.

At approximately 3:56 a.m., Jersey City police responded to the area of Summit and Hopkins Avenues on reports of a pedestrian struck with life-threatening injuries.

The victim, later identified as Shawn Charles, 26 of Jersey City, was transported to the Jersey City Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 4:28 a.m.

According to the initial investigation, the victim was standing outside of a home on Summit Avenue when he was struck by a vehicle backing up and leaving the area. The driver initially left the scene, but returned shortly after.

The Hudson County Regional Collision Investigation Unit is actively investigating this incident.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office at 201-915-1345 or to leave an anonymous tip at: http://www.hudsoncountyprosecutorsofficenj.org/homicide-tip/.

All information will be kept confidential.

Editor’s note: This story was updated with new information.