A U.S. Division of Homeland Security agent has been arrested for a Hoboken hit-and-run that badly injured a bicyclist early Monday morning, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez announced.
At approximately 10 a.m. this morning, Ryan Varrone, 32, of Jersey City, turned himself in to detectives with the Hudson County Regional Collision Investigation Unit, Suarez said in a statement.
Varrone was charged with leaving the scene of an accident causing serious bodily injury in and endangering an injured victim, in addition to several Title 39 Motor Vehicle violations.
Those violations include failure to stop, leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident in, failure to obey signal, and having improper safety glass.
On Monday, members of the Hoboken Police Department responded to the area of Garden Street and First Street at approximately 12:50 a.m. on reports of a pedestrian struck.
When they arrived, they found the victim, a 24-year-old New Hampshire man, had been struck while riding a bicycle on Garden Street with two friends. As a result of his injuries, the victim was transported to the Jersey City Medical Center for treatment.
According to the initial investigation, Varrone – an agent with the U.S. Division of Homeland Security who was off duty at the time – initially stopped, but then left the scene.
Suarez credited the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Regional Collision
Investigation Unit and the Hoboken Police Department for the investigation and arrest.