Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced the arrest of Byron L. Hernandez, 18, of Elizabeth in connection to a car crash that occurred on Sunday morning in North Arlington
The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, the Lyndhurst Police Department, and the North Arlington Police Department.
According to police, at approximately 8:35 a.m., on August 30 the North Arlington Police Department attempted to stop a 2019 Honda Civic being operated at a high rate of speed northbound on River Road in North Arlington.
The operator of the Honda, Hernandez, refused to stop, and the pursuit terminated in the area of the North Arlington border with Lyndhurst. Hernandez continued northbound at a high rate of speed, ultimately crashing at the intersection of Riverside Avenue and Kingsland Avenue in Lyndhurst.
No other vehicles were involved in the crash.
At the scene, officers from the Lyndhurst and North Arlington Police Departments located Hernandez, uninjured, outside of the vehicle.
Seated in the front passenger seat was a 16-year-old female who had suffered serious bodily injury. The juvenile victim was transported to Hackensack University Medical Center where she remains in stable condition.
The ensuing investigation by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Fatal Accident Investigation Unit, and the Lyndhurst and North Arlington Police Departments revealed that the Honda had been stolen from Elizabeth, earlier that morning.
As a result of the investigation, Hernandez was charged with Eluding, Endangering The Welfare Of A Child, Unlawful Taking Of Means Of Conveyance, Assault By Auto, Possession Of Less Than 50 Grams Of Marijuana, and Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia.