Jersey City police still searching for man who crashed car into Taqueria Downtown


The Jersey City Police Department is still searching for a man who crashed a car into the Taqueria Downtown late Saturday evening.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

On Saturday evening around 10:59 p.m., police responded to Taqueria, 236 Grove St., on a report of an assault, according to city spokeswoman Kimberly Wallace-Scalcione.

Upon arrival, Jersey City police officers spoke with a victim who stated he had refused service to a man since he missed “last call” at the bar. The patron got upset and started to yell at the victim.

From there, they went outside and the patron was accompanied by another man and a woman before a fight ensued.

The three individuals then jumped into a vehicle and backed into two restaurant workers, the side of the building, and another vehicle. The two workers were transported to Jersey City Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

The driver of the vehicle struck refused medical attention on scene and the investigation is ongoing.

A video released by HudPost early this morning shows an SUV driving in reverse into the establishment before a man gets out of the car and sprints away. A woman off camera also mentions that “911’s not picking up.”

Downtown resident Marc Devens tweeted that it took police about 25 minutes to respond to the scene after it took a witness 20 minutes to get through to 911.

This marks yet another hit-and-run in the city, the fifth in just over two weeks, after authorities opened a probe over a Friday night incident at John F. Kennedy Boulevard and Communipaw Avenue.

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