Kearny man sentenced to 7.5 in prison for fatal hit-and-run that killed 12-year-old boy


A Kearny man was sentenced to seven-and-a-half years in prison for a fatal hit-and-run that killed a 12-year-old boy in the summer of 2019, Union County Prosecutor William A. Daniel announced yesterday.

Jose Carrero. Photo courtesy of the Union County Prosecutor’s Office.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Jose Marrero, 39, of Kearny, was sentenced to seven-and-a-half years in prison on Friday by Union County Superior Court Judge Robert Kirsch for knowingly leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death. He was found guilty at trial at the end of March.

On July 17th, 2019 just before 8 p.m., when Union Police Department patrol units responded to a report of a pedestrian being struck by a vehicle in the area of Forest Drive and Galloping Hill Road, according to Assistant Prosecutors Scott Peterson and James Brady who prosecuted the case.

There, they found an unresponsive 12-year old child, Jeremy Maraj of Union, who was rushed to University Hospital in Newark. He succumbed to his injuries two days later.

At trial, the State revealed that at the time of the accident Marrero was driving his work vehicle, a 2016 Nissan NV200 Cargo Van, when he struck Maraj on the shoulder of Galloping Hill Road.

Witnesses to the accident testified that Marrero didn’t stop and fled the scene. Video surveillance obtained from the area and parts from the van recovered at the scene ultimately led Detectives to Marrero, Peterson and Brady said.

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