Newark -- Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, and Newark Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose announced today that Francisco Salazar, 35, of Elizabeth was arrested today and charged with second degree leaving the scene of the accident that resulted in the death of Devere L. Rogers, 42 of Newark.
Officials said on August 15, 2020, at approximately 11:43 pm Newark police responded to reports of an injured pedestrian, later identified as Rogers, who was found lying in the southbound lanes of McCarter Highway in Newark.
According to officials, Rogers was transported to University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 12:09 am.
The investigation determined Rogers was walking in the area of McCarter Highway and 4th Avenue when he was struck by a Jeep Wrangler which fled the scene.
It was later determined Salazar was the driver of the Jeep.
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