Sheriff: Delaware woman arrested for North Bergen hit-and-run that injured a bicyclist


A Delaware woman was arrested this morning for a North Bergen hit-and-run that seriously injured a bicyclist last month, Hudson County Sheriff Frank Schillari announced.

Diana Smith. Photo courtesy of the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Today at approximately 8a.m., Diana Smith, 20, of Elsmere, Delaware arrived at Hudson County Sheriff’s Operation’s Division where she was taken into custody, Schillari said in  a statement.

Smith was consequently charged with leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident that resulted in serious bodily injury, driving while unlicensed and causing serious bodily injury, and hindering apprehension, authorities said.

She was also found to have warrants for unpaid fines out of Jersey City and River Edge. After being processed, she was remanded to the Hudson County Correctional Facility.

On Monday, July 13th, at approximately 5:00 p.m., at the intersection of Boulevard East and Riverview Drive North in James J. Braddock Park, a hit-and run-crash involving a bicyclist occurred, police said.

The 47-year-old female victim, later identified as Claudia David ,of West New York, was transported to the Hackensack University Medical center with serious injuries.

A male passenger of the vehicle exited the car and fled on foot through James J Braddock Park and south on Park Avenue. The vehicle then fled the scene, leaving the victim lying in the street.

The HCSO immediately launched an investigation utilizing their, Crash Investigation Unit along with the Detective Bureau. The vehicle in question was identified as a black Honda Civic.

After a thorough investigation, the vehicle was located in Elsmere, Delaware.

The HCSO was contacted by the local authorities and we were able to identify the driver of the vehicle, who subsequently through further investigation, was determined to also be the driver on July 13th, the sheriff explained.