Prosecutor: Union City man with suspended license charged in double fatal crash

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A Union City man with a suspended driver’s license has been charged for his involvement in a double fatal crash in Jersey City last month, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez announced. 

Prosecutor's Office

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Alex Torres, 31, of Union City, was charged with two counts of causing death or injury while driving with a suspended license and three counts of assault by auto, Suarez said in a statement.

Torres turned himself into members of the Hudson County Regional Fatal Collision Unit on Tuesday at 4:25 p.m. and is currently being held at the county jail, authorities said.

On February 11, at approximately 3:20 a.m., the Jersey City Police Department responded
to a report of a vehicle collision in the area of 608 Tonnelle Avenue in Jersey City between
Manhattan Avenue and North Street, officials said.

Responding Jersey City Police Officers found an overturned 2006 white Honda Accord in the northbound lanes of the roadway and a second vehicle, a 2006-red Toyota Corolla, located nearby on the sidewalk of the northbound lanes, police said.

The initial investigation showed that there were two fatalities who were passengers in the red vehicle. The first victim was a male, later identified as Mario Guevara, 25, and Heather Acosta, 24, both of Union City. The two victims were pronounced dead at the scene shortly after 4:10 a.m., authorities said.

There was a driver and passenger in the red vehicle and also a driver and additional passenger in the white vehicle. All were transported to Jersey City Medical Center by Emergency Medical Services for treatment of their non-life-threatening injuries, officials said.