Man wanted for fatal North Bergen hit-and-run turns himself in to authorities


The New York City man wanted for a fatal North Bergen hit-and-run on Tuesday turned himself into the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office this morning, authorities said.

Olvy R.Torres. Photo courtesy of the Hudson County Prosecutor's Office.
Olvy R.Torres. Photo courtesy of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Olvy R. Torres, 36, of New York City, turned himself into the Hudson County Sheriff’s Operation’s Division around 10:30 a.m. this morning and had his attorney present with him, police said.

Hudson County Sheriff Frank Schillari, in a joint statement with Prosecutor Esther Suarez and North Bergen Police Chief Robert Dowd, said Torres was charged with leaving the scene an accident resulting in death.

“This suspect’s identification and arrest was an excellent display of inter-agency cooperation by our three law enforcement agencies,” added Schillari.

“There were about two dozen officers working around the clock last week to identify and locate the driver of that vehicle.”

Dowd revealed that the extensive media coverage of the accident led to 150,000 hits on their social media pages last week after asking for the public’s help in identifying the driver.

He also praised the “close working relationship” that aided the three law enforcement agencies involved in the case, a point that was not lost on Suarez.

“The arrest of this suspect was the direct result of investigative collaboration of multiple law enforcement agencies and I am proud of our efforts,” Suarez stated.

“My heart goes out to the family and co-workers of Luisa Valdes, and I hope that this arrest will help in some way to ease their sorrow and help to eventually bring this matter to a just conclusion.”

The police work involved finding and reviewing video footage, interviewing eye witnesses and employees of several businesses and even utilizing police dogs that tracked Torres’ scent after he crashed and abandoned his Hyundai sport utility vehicle at the scene of the crash, officials said.

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