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Man Charged in Jersey City Hit-and-Run that Seriously Injured Electric Bicyclist

Jersey City

Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez has announced that a Jersey City man has been arrested in connection with a hit-and-run crash that left an 18-year-old man with serious injuries. 

Marvin Lara, 39, surrendered himself to detectives with the Hudson County Regional Collision Investigation Unit on Thursday, January 20.

According to Prosecutor Suarez, at approximately 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 8, the Jersey City Police Department responded to the area of Summit Avenue and Jewett Avenue on reports of a hit-and-run crash involving an electric bicycle. 

Prosecutor Suarez said that the 17-year-old operator of the bicycle and his 18-year-old passenger were both transported to Jersey City Medical Center for treatment, with the 18-year-old victim suffering a serious injury to his lower body.

On Tuesday, January 18, 2022, the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office was notified of the incident. 

An investigation by the Hudson County Regional Collision Investigation Unit determined the victims were struck while traveling south on Summit Avenue by a Toyota RAV 4 operated by Lara. 

According to the investigation, after the collision, Lara failed to stop and continued west on Jewett Avenue.

Prosecutor Suarez stated that Lara has been charged with Knowingly Leaving the Scene of a Motor Vehicle Collision Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury, Endangering an Injured Victim and Causing Serious Bodily Injury in a Collision While Being Unlicensed. 

He was additionally issued motor vehicle summonses for Leaving the Scene of an Accident, Unlicensed Driving and Failure to Report a Motor Vehicle Accident. 

Lara is scheduled to make his first court appearance on February 28, 2022.