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Driver Charged with Aggravated Manslaughter in Crash that Killed Jersey City Man

Jersey City

Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez has announced that on Wednesday, August 25, the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Regional Collision Investigation Unit arrested the driver in a fatal motor vehicle collision on Christopher Columbus Drive at the Merseles split that killed a 30-year-old Jersey City man in late February.

According to Prosecutor Suarez, Jose Colon, 31, of Jersey City, was arrested and charged at approximately 12:30 p.m. at the Prosecutor’s Office in Jersey City where he turned himself in with his attorney. 

Prosecutor Suarez said that he was charged with Aggravated Manslaughter and Vehicular Homicide/DWI On or Near School Property.

According to Prosecutor Suarez, on Sunday, February 28, Jersey City Police and the Hudson County Regional Collision Investigation Unit responded to a serious motor vehicle crash that occurred just before 3:30 a.m. on Christopher Columbus Drive near the Merseles Street split in Jersey City.

According to the initial investigation, the driver was traveling westbound on Columbus Drive approaching the roadway split when his vehicle, a 1996 Honda Civic, struck the attenuator-protected guard rail. 

Prosecutor Suarez said that the passenger, later identified as Jesus Gonzalez, 30, of Jersey City, was found in a lifeless condition at the scene. The driver was transported to the Jersey City Medical Center in critical condition.