Man arrested in NJ hit-and-run that killed man living in group home

GARFIELD, N.J. — A man has been arrested in connection with a fatal hit-and-run in New Jersey, officials said Wednesday.

Paul Frischer, 59, of New Jersey, was arrested on multiple charges including leaving the scene of a fatal accident and endangering an injured victim.

Garfield Police responded to a call of a pedestrian struck by a hit-and-run vehicle just after 7 p.m. on Monday.

When officers arrived, they found 42-year-old Giovanni Rivera lying in the roadway on MacArthur Avenue with serious injuries.

Rivera was transported to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries Wednesday morning.

Rivera was known to his neighbors as "Gio".

Giovanni Rivera, 42, succumbed to injuries sustained in a NJ hit-and-run. Photo credit: Family

Sammy Candellaria, a neighbor of the victim, told PIX 11 that he overheard someone screaming and ran outside onto MacArthur Avenue moments after a dark-colored Chevy Suburban captured on security camera sped off.

Candellaria said Rivera lived next door in a group home for people with special needs.

"He would come over and we would give him food. He was always a nice guy. He would come over an mow our lawn for us and everything. It's just sad," Candellaria told PIX11 news.

An investigation by the Bergen County prosecutor's office determined that Frischer  was the driver of a 1999 Chevy Suburban that was involved in the incident.

Frischer was charged with one count of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death in the second degree, and one count of endangering an injured vicim in the third degree, endangering an injured victim in the third degree, leaving the scene of a motor vehicle crash and failure to report a motor vehicle crash.

The brother of the victim responded to the arrest on Facebook.