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Moonachie Man Indicted for Fatal Clifton Hit-and-Run


Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes announces that Bryan Meza-Roca, 26, of Moonachie, has been indicted in relation to a June 13 motor vehicle crash that occurred in the City of Clifton and left one person dead.

According to authorities, a Passaic County Grand Jury returned Indictment No. 21-10-00702-I charging Mr. Meza-Roca with one count of second degree Knowingly Leaving the Scene of a Motor Vehicle Accident Resulting in Death, and third-degree Endangering an Injured Victim.

According to county officials, on June 13, during the early morning hours, Mr. Meza-Roca drove a 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe on Route 3 Eastbound, and struck Mustafa Hemaid, 33, of Paterson, and thereafter left the scene. Mr. Hemaid was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Officials say the sentencing exposure on second-degree Knowingly Leaving the Scene of a Motor Vehicle Accident Resulting in Death is between 5 and 10 years in New Jersey State Prison and third-degree Endangering an Injured Victim is between 3 and 5 years in New Jersey State Prison.

Authorities state that Mr. Meza-Roca was arrested without incident at the Clifton Police Department on June 18, 2021, and has been on pre-trial release since June 19, 2021.

Mr. Meza-Roca will be scheduled to appear in front of a Superior Court Judge for Arraignment on a date to be determined by the Court in the near future, officials say.

A criminal indictment is merely an accusation. Despite this accusation, the Defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

The Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office asks anyone with additional information about this incident to contact us on our tips line at 1-877-370-PCPO or contact the Clifton Police Department at (973) 470-5900.