Innocent WNY man involved in fiery Jersey City crash seeking public’s help


The innocent West New York man who was involved in a fiery Jersey City car crash and then appeared to be beaten by at least one police officer is seeking the public’s help in paying for his medical costs.

Ramon Feliz. Photo via GoFundMe.
Miguel Feliz. Photo via GoFundMe.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Miguel Feliz’s GoFundMe page, set up by his brother Ramon, simply says “help us raise money for Miguel Feliz” and links to a news report to explain his predicament.

The page, set up yesterday, has a lofty goal of $200,000 and has only raised $290 as of about 10 a.m. this morning.

Feliz was an innocent bystander after a June 4th police pursuit ended in a fiery crash, in close enough proximity to Feliz’s vehicle to cause him to be engulfed in flames.

A viral cell phone video of the aftermath of the incident showed Feliz, who was still on fire, being kicked by at least one police officer. Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez, whose office is investigating the incident, has asked the public to withhold judgement for now.

However, that didn’t stop the City of Jersey City from taking action against several of the officers involved, announcing that four cops have been suspended and two deputy chiefs have been reassigned after reviewing the incident.

Mayor Steven Fulop said that the officers were being disciplined due to clear violations of guidelines pertaining to police pursuits, as defined by the state Attorney General’s Office.

The prosecutor’s office declined to comment on the press conference at Jersey City City Hall, with a spokesman citing that they do not comment on an ongoing investigation.

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