At approximately 8:22 p.m. last night, the North Bergen Police Department and the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office Crash Investigation Unit responded to Tonnelle Avenue and 48th Street on a report of a pedestrian struck by a vehicle, Schillari said in a statement.
Arriving North Bergen police units found an unconscious male lying in the north bound lanes of Tonnelle Avenue, with severe head injuries. The victim, 33 of North Bergen, an undocumented alien, regained consciousness and became combative when North Bergen EMS workers were treating him, officials said.
He was then transported to the Jersey City Medical Center and was initially listed in critical condition, but has since regained consciousness and has been stabilized. He still remains at the Jersey City Medical Center for observation, authorities said.
“Crash investigators have pieced together that the victim was crossing Tonnelle Avenue, from west to east, between cars that were stopped in the south bound lanes. When he entered the north bound lane, he was struck by a 2001 Chevy Tahoe,” Schillari explained.
“The driver of the Tahoe, a 45-year-old North Bergen man, immediately stopped and called 911 and remained at the scene until police arrived.”
Sheriff’s crash investigators believe the victim was wearing ear buds when the incident happened and have confirmed the victim was not in a crosswalk.
The crash remains under investigation by the sheriff’s office crash investigation unit and the North Bergen Police Traffic Bureau and the driver has not been issued any charges as of now, officials said.