Prosecutor: Jersey City man charged in fatal 4th of July hit-and-run in the Heights


A Jersey City man has been charged in a fatal 4th of July hit-and-run in the Heights that claimed the life of a 26-year-old man, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez announced.

Evans Severe. Photo courtesy of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Evans Severe, 29, of Jersey City, has been charged with leaving the scene of a motor vehicle collision resulting in death, a second-degree crime. He was arrested at his home in Jersey City shortly after 10:30 a.m. this morning, Suarez said in a statement.

On July 4th, at approximately 3:56 a.m., Jersey City police responded to the area of Hopkins Avenue just east of Summit Avenue on reports of a pedestrian struck with life-threatening injuries.

The victim, later identified as Shawn Charles, 26 of Jersey City, was transported to the Jersey City Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 4:28 a.m.

According to the initial investigation, the victim was standing outside of a home on Summit
Avenue when he was struck by a vehicle backing up and leaving the area. The driver initially left the scene, but returned shortly after.

The Hudson County Regional Collision Investigation Unit is actively investigating this incident.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Office of the Hudson County Prosecutor at 201- 915-1345 or to leave an anonymous tip at:

All information will be kept confidential.