Prosecutor: 2 Jersey City men arrested after striking pedestrian who remains in critical condition

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Two Jersey City men were arrested Monday morning after striking a pedestrian, who remains in critical condition, in the midst of a police pursuit, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez announced.

Nicholas Williams, Jr. and Daquan Edwards. Photos courtesy of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

On Monday, shortly after 10:30 a.m., a Jersey City police officer conducted a motor vehicle stop of a 2018 Nissan Rogue on Sterling Avenue, Suarez said in a statement.

During the stop, the driver, who was later identified as Daquan Edwards, and the passenger, later identified as Nicholas Williams Jr., both fled the scene on foot and were pursued on foot by the officer, authorities said.

Edwards, 22, of Jersey City, and Williams, age 21, of Jersey City, subsequently entered a 2005 Infiniti G35. The Infiniti is not believed to have been stolen. While fleeing, the Infiniti struck a 22-year-old female pedestrian from Jersey City in the area of West Side and Fairview Avenues, officials said.

She was transported by Emergency Medical Services to Jersey City Medical Center where she is being treated for life-threatening injuries. Her condition has stabilized, however she remains critical.

After striking the pedestrian, the Infiniti continued traveling and several parked and moving
vehicles were struck before a final collision occurred in the area of West Side Avenue and
Montgomery Street. Edwards and Williams then fled the scene on foot.

At approximately 11:30 a.m., members of the Jersey City Police Department
arrested Edwards on West Side Avenue.

He has been charged with resisting arrest by flight possession of a controlled dangerous substance, hindering apprehension and obstructing administration of law, officials said.

About 10 minutes later, members of the Jersey City Police Department arrested Williams Jr. in the area of Montgomery Street and West Side Avenue.

Williams Jr., who was identified as the driver of the Infiniti, has been charged by members of the Hudson County Regional Collision Investigation Unit with eluding after receiving a signal to stop from a police officer creating a risk of death or injury, assault by auto, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended driver’s license and causing serious bodily
injury, knowingly leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident resulting in serious bodily injury, aggravated assault causing bodily injury while fleeing a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest by flight, police said.

Suarez credited the Regional Collision Investigation Unit and the Jersey City Police
Department with the investigation and the arrests.

The Hudson County Regional Collision Investigation Unit and the Jersey City Police Department are actively investigating this case.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office at 201-915-1345 or to leave an anonymous tip at:
http://www.hudsoncountyprosecutorsofficenj.org/homicide-tip/.

All information will be kept confidential.

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