Sheriff Schillari: Driver in fatal NB hit-and-run crash arrested in Maryland


Hudson County Sheriff Frank Schillari announced at a press conference that last night at 7:13 p.m., U.S. Marshals in Annapolis, Maryland arrested Rogelio Chavix-Tacen, 38, the Guatemalan national who was suspected of committing a fatal hit-and-run in North Bergen on November 14.


Chavix-Tacen was appended just 30 minutes before Michael Viruet, Jr., 20, one of the brothers he allegedly hit with his car on Nov. 14, passed away in the hospital from his injuries.

Chavix-Tacen is being held on $500,000 bail, cash only, and waived extradition before a Baltimore County Court appearance that was scheduled for 1 p.m. today.

Speaking one on one with Hudson County View, Schillari re-emphasized the tasks that can be accomplished when multiple law enforcement agencies work together.

The FBI, ICE, the U.S. Marshals and the North Bergen Police Major Case Squad are just a few of the agencies that contributed to Chavix-Tacen’s arrest.

Michael Viruet, Sr. bravely took the podium and relived the tragedy of his son, Michael Jr.’s death.

He also called his 20-year-old son, who had his right leg amputated shortly after the accident, a hero for making sure his little brother, Adrian, 11, made it away from the crash scene alive.

Those who want to help the Viruet family can still make a donation via Michael Jr.’s GoFundMe page. 

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