A Jersey City man has been charged in a hit-and-run that seriously injured a bicyclist, according to Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez.
At approximately 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 8, the Jersey City Police Department was called to the area of Summit Avenue and Jewett Avenue on reports of a hit-and-run crash involving an electric bicycle. The 17 year-old operator of the bicycle and his 18 year-old passenger were both taken to Jersey City Medical Center for treatment, with the 18 year-old victim suffering a serious injury to his lower body.
An investigation by the Hudson County Regional Collision Investigation Unit determined that the victims were struck while traveling south on Summit Avenue by a Toyota RAV 4 operated by Marvin Lara, 39. After the collision, Lara failed to stop and continued west on Jewett Avenue.
Yesterday, Lara surrendered to detectives with the Hudson County Regional Collision Investigation Unit.
Lara has been charged with Knowingly Leaving the Scene of a Motor Vehicle Collision Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury, Endangering an Injured Victim and Causing Serious Bodily Injury in a Collision While Being Unlicensed. He was additionally issued motor vehicle summonses for Leaving the Scene of an Accident, Unlicensed Driving and Failure to Report a Motor Vehicle Accident. Lara is scheduled to make his first court appearance on February 28, 2022.