Jersey City man charged in Fort Lee hit-and-run that badly injured 2 pedestrians


A Jersey City man has been charged in a Fort Lee hit-and-run that badly injured two pedestrians on February 17th, Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced.

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By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Oliver Garcia, 28, of Jersey City, was charged with two counts of knowingly leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident resulting in serious bodily injury, hindering apprehension, and tampering with physical evidence, Musella said in a statement.

The charges are the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit under the direction of Acting Chief Matthew Finck and the Fort Lee Police Department under the direction of Chief Matthew J. Hintze.

On Saturday, February 17th, at approximately 6:58 p.m., the Fort Lee Police Department responded to a 911 call reporting a hit-and-run crash involving two struck pedestrians that occurred on Lemoine Avenue.

As a result of the crash, the pedestrians were transported to the Hackensack University Medical Center where they were treated for serious injuries sustained during the collision.

An investigation conducted by the BCPO Fatal Accident Investigation Unit and the Fort Lee PD revealed that a 2007 BMW 550i operated by Garcia was involved in a collision with another vehicle that subsequently led to that vehicle striking the victims as they waited at a bus stop.

He fled the area prior to police arrival while the second vehicle remained on scene.

As a result of the investigation, on February 22nd, Garcia faces the aforementioned charges, as well as multiple motor vehicle summonses, and was released on a summons pending his first appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensack.

Musella thanked the Fort Lee PD and the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office for their ongoing assistance in this investigation, along with the Englewood Police Department and Ridgewood Police Department, which participate in the Bergen County Fatal Accident Investigation Unit.

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