Prosecutor: Union City man charged in fatal Bayonne garbage truck crash


A Union City man has been hit with a slew of charges related to a garbage truck crash that killed a man in Bayonne last month, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez announced.

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By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Daniel Peek, 44, of Union City, was charged with causing a death while being an unlicensed driver, failing to observe a traffic signal, being a driver with no valid commercial driver’s license, careless driving and reckless driving, Suarez said.

The victim of the crash was Caleb J. Serrano, age 32, of Bayonne (though the sheriff’s office previously identified him as being from New York, New York).

The owner of the vehicle, Suburban Disposal Inc., a business located in Fairfield, has also been issued a summons for allowing an unlicensed driver to operate one of their commercial vehicles, officials said.

On February 3, at approximately 4:50 a.m., the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office received a call from the Bayonne Police Department asking for assistance with a traffic fatality involving a pedestrian that was struck by a garbage truck, authorities said.

Peek remained on the scene of the crash with the garbage truck until sheriff’s officers arrived to conduct an investigation, police said.

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