Bicyclist Struck by Hit-and-Run Driver in Kearny UPDATE: Suspect captured

UPDATE: Ruben Tubens, 36, of Newark, NJ was arrested Thursday morning and charged with the following criminal and traffic offenses:

2C:12-1c(1) – Assault by Auto
2C:12-1.2a – Endangering an Injured Helpless Victim by Leaving the Scene
39:-4-96 – Reckless Driving
39:4-129a – Leaving the Scene of a Motor Vehicle Accident Involving Injury
39:4-130 – Failure to Report a Motor Vehicle Accident
39:4-81 – Failure to Observe a Traffic Signal
39:4-36 – Failure to Yield to A Pedestrian
39:3-4 – Unregistered Vehicle
39:3-40 - Driving While Suspended
39:3-10 – Unlicensed Driver
39:6B-2 – Uninsured Driver
39:3-33 – Improper Display of License Plates

Thank you to all who viewed and shared this post. Also, a big thanks to the good people who stopped to help the victim.

The Kearny Police Department responded to a Hit & Run crash at the intersection of Bergen Avenue and Schuyler Avenue this morning at approximately 8:30 am.

Police say a female bicyclist was struck at a substantial speed by the minivan in the attached photos.

According to police, the driver of the minivan slowed to a stop after striking the victim but then immediately drove off without attempting to aid the victim who was lying in the middle of the roadway.

Fortunately, there were several good Samaritans who ran over to check on the victim, call 911 and shield her from oncoming traffic until police units arrived. The victim was transported to an area hospital by EMS.

The Kearny Police Department is actively investigating this incident. The minivan has dents/damage from a previous crash on the rear passenger side.

The vehicle was last seen fleeing south on Schuyler Ave. If anyone recognizes the vehicle please contact Officer Richard Poplaski at rpoplaskijr@kearnynjpd.org or Lt. John Taylor at jtaylor@kearnynjpd.org.

Tips may also be submitted anonymously at tips@kearnynjpd.org.