Police have identified the driver as Ulises Medina, 26, of Elizabeth. He’s being held on $150,000 bond and faces motor vehicle charges as well as criminal charges of leaving the scene of a fatal motor vehicle accident and eluding police, according to Sgt. John Maloney of the Elizabeth Police Department.
Medina’s final destination will be the Union County Jail.
According to investigators, the accident happened around 3:40 a.m. at the corner of (Routes 1&9) Spring and East Jersey streets. Joshua Cisson, 31, was crossing the intersection when a vehicle going south on Spring Street hit him. He died at the scene.
Elizabeth Mayor Chris Bollwage told WCBS 880 Medina, the suspected driver, fled the scene, but police nabbed him a short time later with the help of an important piece of evidence.
“The license plate of the automobile fell off the car at which time the police officers who responded to the scene, tracked down the license plate,” he said.
Medina was reportedly taken to a local hospital; no word yet on how badly he may’ve been hurt.
An eyewitness told authorities a second vehicle — described as a brown SUV, may’ve also hit Cisson as he lay mortally wounded on the road as a good samaritan tried to help him. Police would like to speak with that driver, who — they say — may not know he hit anyone.