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Kearny Man Sentenced for Fatal Hit-and-Run of Child in Union

Union Township (Union)

A Kearny man who was convicted by a jury in March for fatally striking a 12-year-old child in Union and fleeing the scene in July of 2019 was sentenced to seven-and-a-half years in State Prison on Friday, Union County Prosecutor William A. Daniel announced today.  

Jose Marrero, 39, of Kearny, was sentenced Friday for knowingly leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death, by Union County Superior Court Judge Robert Kirsch.  

It was just before 8 p.m. on July 17, 2019, when Union Police Department patrol units responded to a report of a pedestrian being struck by a vehicle in the area of Forest Drive and Galloping Hill Road, according to Assistant Prosecutors Scott Peterson and James Brady who prosecuted the case.

There, they found an unresponsive 12-year-old child, Jeremy Maraj of Union, who was rushed to University Hospital in Newark.  

He succumbed to his injuries two days later.  

At trial, the State revealed that at the time of the accident, Marrero was driving his work vehicle, a 2016 Nissan NV200 Cargo Van, when he struck Maraj on the shoulder of Galloping Hill Road.  

Witnesses to the accident testified that Marrero didn’t stop and fled the scene. Video surveillance obtained from the area and parts from the van recovered at the scene ultimately led Detectives to Marrero, Peterson and Brady said.