Sheriff’s office arrests runaway passenger involved in North Bergen hit-and-run


The Hudson County Sheriff’s Office arrested a runaway passenger that fled the scene of a North Bergen hit-and-run in James J. Braddock Park last month.

Wilver Orellana. Photo courtesy of the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

This morning at approximately 9:30 a.m., Hudson County Sheriff’s Office detectives were able to locate the passenger wanted for the hit-and-run that occurred at the intersection of Boulevard East and Riverview Drive North in North Bergen on the afternoon hours of Monday, July 13th, where a bicyclist was seriously injured, Sheriff Frank Schillari said.

Wilver Orellana, 21, of Guttenberg, was located in a family residence and charged, after he fled the scene of the accident, leaving the victim lying in the street.

He has been charged with endangering an injured victim, as well as hindering apprehension, after detectives found that Orellana has an outstanding warrant form Middlesex County for conspiracy, riot, aggravated assault, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, and hindering his apprehension.

This comes after the driver, Diana Smith, was located earlier this week in Delaware and charged with leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident resulting in serious bodily injury, as well as driving while unlicensed.

The 47-year-old female victim was transported to the Hackensack University Medical Center after having suffered serious bodily injury.

During their investigation, detectives were able to identify the driver, Smith, who admitted to being the driver of the Black Honda Civic which caused injuries to the victim.

They were also able to identify the passenger, as Orellana, through video surveillance and statements made by Smith.

Orellana was transported to the Hudson County Correctional Center to await his hearing on the charges, officials said.