A 57-year-old North Bergen man has been charged with a Tuesday hit-and-run where an 11-year-old boy was struck, Police Chief Peter Fasilis announced.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
Julio Seoane-Alamo, 57, of North Bergen, has been charged with assault by auto, endangering the welfare of a child, and endangering an injured victim, Fasilis said minutes ago.
He also received traffic summonses for disregarding a stop sign, reckless driving, failure to yield to a pedestrian with the right of way, leaving the scene of a collision involving personal injury, and failure to report a collision.
“I am extremely proud of the dedicated officers of the North Bergen Police Department for their swift action in identifying and arresting the suspect responsible for this heinous crime,” Public Safety Commissioner Allen Pascual said in a statement.
“Their unwavering commitment to justice sends a clear message that our community does not tolerate such reckless behavior. We will continue working tirelessly to ensure the safety of all of our children and pedestrians by investing in measures including street lighting, crosswalks, and educational programs that raise awareness about safe road practices.”
On Tuesday, October 17th, North Bergen police detectives from the detective bureau and the traffic unit were notified of a hit-and-run motor vehicle collision involving a juvenile pedestrian in the area of 76th Street and Hudson Avenue.
The driver of a 2021 gray Ford Explorer failed to stop at the stop sign, struck the 11-year-old victim while he was in the crosswalk, and continued driving eastbound towards Broadway and the juvenile suffered bodily injuries.
“I want to extend my gratitude to the members of the North Bergen Police Department for their tremendous work in apprehending the suspect involved in the hit and run of an eleven year old student,” added state Senator (D-32)/North Bergen Mayor Nick Sacco.
“Their actions reflect our township’s commitment to justice and safety, because our children’s well-being is our top priority. Through collaboration with schools and community organizations, we are determined to create a safer environment for all of our residents.”
The arrest comes one day after the department made a public appeal to identify the driver after releasing surveillance footage from the incident.