BREAKING NEWS: EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS & VIDEO: Hit and Run Driver Who Severely Injured Chaveirim Member Arrested & Charged after Vehicle is Located
A family member of the victim searching for the vehicle spotted the possible match to the Chevy Astro van parked in the rear of an East 5th Street home. The man questioned someone outside the residence regarding the damage to the vehicle, and was told it was involved in a crash last week. Police were called.
The Officers reached out for Traffic & Safety who also determined the vehicle to match the one described. It was indeed a light-colored blue 1993 Chevy Astro. As seen in the photos, the small piece of the passenger side bumper, was missing. That piece was found at the scene that night.
East 5th Street is just a few block away from Somerset Avenue, where the accident occurred.
CIU and the Prosecutor’s office responded to the scene as well.
After questioning the suspect, Silvestre Hernendez-Rugerio, 34, he was taken into Police Headquarters for further interviewing, as FIRST REPORTED BY TLS ON OUR NEWS ALERTS EARLIER. He was arrested a short time ago.
Sergeant Frank Work tells TLS, Hernendez-Rugerio, who admitted to the crash, is being charged with Leaving the Scene of an accident which caused serious bodily harm, driving while unlicensed, failure to report a motor vehicle crash, and using a cell phone while operating a vehicle. Bail was set at $75,000.
“It’s a good team effort, everybody came together in the community, and here we are with an arrest,”says Sergeant Work. “We’re very happy about it.”
ICE is being contacted as well, to determine if he is a legal citizen, Work says.
Last night, Police and Crossing Guards braced the cold weather and spent several hours handing out fliers to motorists, in an effort to spread the awareness of the search and in hopes of gathering information.
The victim, Moshe Gutman, remains in rehab following several surgeries at Jersey Shore Medical Center. TLS.