Wayne Man Charged with Paterson Hit-and-Run

Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Paterson Police Chief Troy Oswald announce that based upon an investigation by the Paterson Police Department, in conjunction with the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office, Joseph Zinhobl, 57, Wayne, was arrested this afternoon in relation to a hit and run motor vehicle accident that took place on July 28th in the area of 784 River Street, of Paterson.

Police charged Zinhobl with Leaving the Scene of an Accident Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury, Third Degree; and Endangering an Injured Victim, Third Degree.

According to authorities, on July 28th, at approximately 6:37 p.m., police responded to the area of 784 River Street in the City of Paterson in response to a report of a hit and run accident involving a juvenile on a bicycle.

Upon their arrival they found the fourteen year old male victim in the roadway, who was then transported to Saint Joseph’s Hospital for treatment.

The juvenile suffered serious injuries and was admitted for treatment, but has subsequently been discharged and has returned home.

The investigation revealed that Zinhobl was driving his 2010 white Toyota Tacoma when he hit the victim who was on the bicycle at the time.

Officials say that immediately following the collision, Zinhobl then fled the scene west on River Street.

Police charged Joseph Zinhobl on a Summons and has been released pending his scheduled court appearance at Central Judicial Processing on August 29, at 1:30 p.m.

A criminal complaint is merely an accusation. Despite this accusation, defendants are 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 tips@passaiccountynj.org or contact the Paterson Police Traffic Bureau at 973-321-1112.