A woman with an infant in the car was caught fleeing the scene of a Jersey City crash she caused with an off-duty police officer who works in Bergen County, according to a police report of the incident.
Zion Ashanti Raquel Moore Charlemagne, 20, of Jersey City, was charged with being an unlicensed driver, reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident, and improper child passenger restraint, authorities said. The story was first reported by The Daily Voice.
Around 2:40 a.m., the off-duty officer, a lieutenant in Hasbrouck Heights, was headed north on Bergen Avenue approaching Gifford Avenue when his 2010 Toyota Corolla was hit from behind by a 2009 Nissan Altima, causing moderate damage, officials said.
Charlemagne then drove in reverse before making a right onto eastbound Emory Street, where she hit a parked car, authorities said.
At that point, she stopped her vehicle and told responding officers that she “panicked” after hitting the first car. She and a 20-year-old passenger refused medical attention and police determined that the baby was not injured, according to the report.