Prosecutor: Queens woman in critical condition, others injured in West New York crash


A young Queens woman is in critical condition, with several other people injured, in an early morning crash in West New York this morning, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez announced.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

This morning, shortly after 12:30 a.m., West New York police responded to the intersection of 60th and Jefferson Streets on a report of a motor vehicle collision, Suarez said in a statement.

Upon arrival, the responding officers found that two vehicles were involved in a collision.

The first vehicle, a 2002 Acura TL, was operated by Fernando Batista, 24, of North Bergen.
He was transported by Emergency Medical Services to Palisades Medical Center where he
was treated for non-life threatening injuries, authorities said.

This vehicle also contained two passengers, a 20- year-old female from Queens, New York, who sustained life-threatening injuries, and a 22-year-old male from North Bergen who also sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

Both passengers were transported by EMS to Jersey City Medical Center. The female passenger is currently being treated for multiple injuries and remains in critical condition.

The second vehicle was a 2004 Infiniti G35 operated by Richard Henao, 26, of West New

Henao was transported by EMS to Palisades Medical Center where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries. This vehicle contained a single passenger, a 26-year-old male from Clifton, who refused medical treatment at the scene of the collision, officials said.

The initial investigation by the Hudson County Regional Collision Investigation Unit and the
West New York Police Department determined that the Infiniti was traveling north on Jefferson Street and the Acura was traveling west on 60th Street before they collided.

The events surrounding the collision remain under investigation and no charges have been filed at this time.

The Hudson County Regional Collision Investigation Unit is actively investigating this case with assistance from the West New York Police Department.

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

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  1. Everyone smoking weed and driving now in WNY. What do you expect. This happens more than you think in WNY.Stop signs not seeable with cars parking next to them.