Two Jersey City brothers were charged after a drag race on John F. Kennedy Boulevard caused a crash with serious injuries one year ago, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez announced.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
Justin Crespo, 25, and Marc Crespo, 26, both of Jersey City were arrested without incident at the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office in Jersey City yesterday, Suarez said in a statement.
Justin Crespo is charged with one count of aggravated assault and one count of assault by auto, while his brother, Marc Crespo, is charged with one count of aggravated assault based on accomplice liability and one count of assault by auto based on accomplice liability.
Both are being held at the Hudson County Correctional Facility pending their first court appearances.
An investigation by the Hudson County Regional Collision Investigation Unit found that at approximately 6:20 p.m., Justin Crespo was operating a Mercedes Benz sedan in the northbound lanes of Kennedy Boulevard when he collided with a Toyota Highlander as the 34-year-old driver attempted to make a left turn onto Leonard Street from the south side of the roadway.
The backseat passenger of the Toyota Highlander, a 44-year-old Passaic man, was ejected from the vehicle and suffered life-threatening injuries. Both drivers were treated for minor injuries at Jersey City Medical Center.
A third vehicle, a Nissan Maxima, was also involved in the collision and the driver refused medical attention at the scene. A total of five unoccupied vehicles were damaged as a result of the collision.
The investigation determined Justin Crespo was racing his brother, Marc Crespo, who was operating a BMW sedan, in the moments leading up to the collision.
Prosecutor Suarez credited the Hudson County Regional Collision Investigation Unit and the Jersey City Police Department with the investigation.