Prosecutor: Jersey City man responsible for fatal crash charged with aggravated manslaughter

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A Jersey City man responsible for a fatal car crash from February has been charged with aggravated manslaughter, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez announced.

Jose Colon. Photo courtesy of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Jose Colon, 31, of Jersey City, was arrested and charged at approximately 12:30 p.m. yesterday at the prosecutor’s office in Jersey City where he turned himself in with his attorney.

He was charged with aggravated manslaughter and vehicular homicide/driving while intoxicated on or near school property.

On Sunday, February 28th, Jersey City Police Department and the Hudson County Regional Collision Investigation Unit responded to a serious motor vehicle crash that occurred just before 3:30 a.m. on Christopher Columbus Drive near the Merseles Street split in Jersey City.

According to the initial investigation, the driver was traveling westbound on Columbus Drive approaching the roadway split when his vehicle, a 1996 Honda Civic, struck the attenuator- protected guard rail.

The passenger, later identified as Jesus Gonzalez, 30, of Jersey City, was found in a lifeless condition at the scene, while the driver was transported to the Jersey City Medical Center in critical condition.

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