Prosecutor: Union City man arrested for car crash that killed 32-year-old North Bergen woman


A Union City man has been arrested for a fatal May car crash in Jersey City that took the life of a 32-year-old North Bergen woman, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez announced.

Adriana Riano. Facebook photo.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

A Union City man has been arrested and charged for his involvement in the May 5th head-
on collision on Paterson Plank Road in Jersey City that caused the death of Adriana Riano, a 32-year-old woman from North Bergen, Suarez said in a statement.

On June 27th, at approximately 9:35 a.m., Jonathan Ortiz-Guananga, 26, from Union City, was arrested without incident by members of the Hudson County Regional Collision Investigation Unit and charged with death by auto, assault by auto, speeding, driving while intoxicated, failure to maintain a marked traffic lane and reckless driving, authorities said.

Ortiz-Guananga is scheduled to make his first appearance on these charges in Central Judicial Processing Court in the Hudson County Administration Building in Jersey City at 1:00 p.m. on July 24th.

Suarez credited the Hudson County Regional Collision Investigation Unit with the
investigation and arrest, as well as the Jersey City Police Department for assisting with the

On Sunday, May 5th at approximately 7:15 a.m., Jersey City police officers were
dispatched to Paterson Plank Road in Jersey City, just south of the Congress Street intersection, on a report of a motor vehicle collision.

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

The first vehicle was a 2008 Ford Edge operated by Riano, also containing a 30-year-old male passenger. The second vehicle was a 2015 Dodge Charger operated by Ortiz-Guananga, police said.

All three individuals were transported by Emergency Medical Services to Jersey City Medical
Center. Riano was pronounced dead at approximately 3:15 p.m., officials said.

Her passenger was treated for non-life threatening injuries and Ortiz-Guananga was treated for injuries related to severe leg trauma.

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