Prosecutor: Jersey City man arrested for Halloween hit-and-run in Downtown neighborhood

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A Jersey City man has been arrested for a Halloween hit-and-run in a Downtown neighborhood that left a pedestrian in critical, but stable, condition, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez announced.

Luis Rodriguez-Santana. Photo courtesy of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

A Jersey City man has been arrested and charged involving the hit-and-run collision with a
pedestrian at the intersection of Christopher Columbus Drive and Grove Street in Jersey City on Halloween night.

The collision resulted in the pedestrian being hospitalized with serious injuries.

The investigation by the Hudson County Regional Collision Investigation Unit determined that the striking vehicle was a 2008 Chrysler Town & Country minivan and that the vehicle was registered to Luis Rodriguez-Santana of Jersey City.

The probe also determined that Rodriguez-Santana was the driver of the vehicle at the time of the collision. Authorities had previously called for the public’s help to identify the vehicle and its driver.

On November 6th at approximately 11:10 p.m., Luis Rodriguez-Santana, 31, was
arrested by members of the Regional Collision Investigation Unit. He was arrested without
incident on Greene Street in Jersey City as he arrived to work.

Rodriguez-Santana was charged with knowingly leaving the scene of a motor vehicle crash
resulting in serious bodily injury. He has also been charged with a Title 39 violation, leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident with injuries, police said.

Rodriguez-Santana was charged on a complaint-summons and released. He is scheduled to
make his first appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court in the Hudson County
Administration Building in Jersey City at 1:00 p.m. on December 3rd.

On October 31st at approximately 11:05 p.m., the Jersey City Police Department responded to the intersection of Christopher Columbus Drive and Grove Street on a report of a pedestrian being struck by a vehicle at that location.

Upon arrival, Jersey City police officers found that a male pedestrian had been struck by a vehicle that left the scene of the collision.

During the preliminary investigation, it was discovered that the pedestrian had been struck while attempting to cross Christopher Columbus Drive. The pedestrian was identified as a 36-year-old from Jersey City.

He was transported to Jersey City Medical Center by Emergency Medical Services where he was initially listed in critical condition with multiple injuries.

Suarez credited the Hudson County Regional Collision Investigation Unit for the
investigation and arrest and the Jersey City Police Department for their assistance in the
investigation.

She also thanked the community at large for their assistance to the investigation.

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