Prosecutor’s office seeking public’s help to locate fatal Jersey City hit-and-run driver

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The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office is seeking the public’s help in locating a driver involved in a fatal hit-and-run in Jersey City early Wednesday morning. 

Photo courtesy of the Hudson County Prosecutor's Office.
Photo courtesy of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

On Wednesday at about 6:29 a.m., the Jersey City Police Department responded to a report of a pedestrian struck by a motor vehicle in the westbound lane of Grand Avenue, near the intersection of Johnston Avenue, Prosecutor Esther Suarez said in a statement.

Upon arrival, Jersey City police found a female victim lying on the ground at that location. The male driver of a dark sport-utility vehicle remained at the scene, after noticing that he had inadvertently driven his vehicle over the victim, authorities said.

The victim has been identified as Theresa Florence, 63, of Jersey City. She was transported
to Jersey City Medical Center by Emergency Medical Services where she was treated for her
injuries. Florence was pronounced dead at approximately 8:30 a.m., officials said.

During the preliminary investigation, it was discovered that the victim was a pedestrian and, before being run over by the aforementioned dark sport-utility vehicle, she may have been struck by another vehicle identified as a light or silver-colored, four-door, older-modeled sedan, police said.

The sedan allegedly continued westbound along Grand Avenue after striking Florence. This is a heavily traveled roadway during the time of the collision and investigators are asking the public for assistance.

Anyone with information about the collision is asked to contact law enforcement at 201-915-1345 or to leave an anonymous tip on the Hudson County Prosecutor’s official website at: http://www.hudsoncountyprosecutorsofficenj.org/homicide-tip/.

All information will be kept confidential.