Woman Accused of Fleeing from Fatal Jersey City Crash Released from Custody

The 27-year-old Jersey City woman accused of fleeing the scene of a crash that killed her friend will remain free while pending trial.  

Hudson County Superior Court Judge Paul DePascale today ordered 27-year-old Khadijah Hamilton, who according to her attorney, has no criminal record in New Jersey and received the lowest possible score on her Public Safety Assessment, to remain free while pending trial.  

According to authorities, on Jan. 27th, sometime around 3 a.m., police were called to Newark Avenue and 7th Street for a report of a crash.

Upon arrival, police found Khalla Nguyen, 24, of Jersey City, in the backseat of the crashed 2000 Honda Accord. Medics pronounced her dead at the scene at approximately 3:30 a.m.

An investigation revealed that Hamilton, along with Nguyen and two other occupants were riding around Jersey City for at least three hours. Hudson County Assistant Prosecutor Lynne Seborowski said police found a bloody bottle of Hennessy cognac and more than 40 smoked marijuana "blunts" inside the vehicle.

Authorities have charged Hamilton with Leaving the Scene of an Accident Resulting in Death, Death by Auto, and Driving Unlicensed and Causing Death.