New Brunswick Suspect Charged with Fatal Hit-and-Run of Elderly Man

Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Christopher L.C. Kuberiet and Chief Fred Tavener of the Plainsboro Police Department announce that a New Brunswick woman has been arrested and charged in the fatal pedestrian hit and run of a 76-year-old man which occurred on October 4, 2019.

Officials say the deceased pedestrian, Biswanath Bera, 76, of Plainsboro died October 24, 2019 at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, never recovering from the injuries he sustained in the fatal fit and run.

According to officials, Ms. Gregoria Lopez-Rojas, 45, of New Brunswick, was the operator of the 2012 Chevrolet Equinox which struck the victim on October 4, 2019.

She was arrested and charged with knowingly leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident resulting in serious bodily injury in the third degree and driving with a suspended license while involved in a motor vehicle accident resulting in serious bodily injury of another in the fourth degree.

Police say on October 29, the charges against Lopez-Rojas were upgraded to knowingly leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident resulting in death in the second-degree and driving with a suspended license while involved in a motor vehicle accident resulting in the death of another in the third degree.

An investigation by Patrolman Richard Wolak of the Plainsboro Police Department and Detective Jonathan Berman of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office determined that on October 4, 2019, at approximately 8:03 am the pedestrian, Biswanath Bera while in the crosswalk, was struck by a 2012 Chevrolet Equinox driven by Lopez-Rojas at the intersection of Ravens Crest Drive and Scotts Corner Road. The driver fled the scene after striking the pedestrian.

The victim was taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and underwent surgery for his life-threatening injuries.

Lopez-Rojas is currently being held at the Middlesex County Adult Corrections Center in North Brunswick.

The investigation is active and continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call Patrolman Wolak at (609) 799-2333, or Detective Berman of at (732) 745-4328.