Anatomy of a Hoboken Hit & Run accident
The verdict is: Everyone loses
Hit & run accidents are a common occurrence in Hoboken. Just listen to the Hoboken411 Live Police and Fire Action Channel any day of the week. Whether it’s drunk drivers, illegally parked cars near intersections, cell phone dimwits, or just road-raging maniacs ready to hit anyone and anything in their paths.
At an uptown party recently, I had the so-called “luxury” of being a witness to one said incident.
Two wrongs: Not right, but neither one cared
Was hanging out on a balcony when we heard and witnessed a dark-colored car strike a parked silver minivan near 14th and Hudson. The minivan was illegally parked several feet ahead of the “no parking here to corner” sign on the northbound side of Hudson Street.
The offending car stopped for a moment (they broke their right side view mirror off) and proceeded to drive away.
I immediately called Hoboken Police to notify them of the incident. I gave them incredible detail as to what transpired, and where the offending vehicle traveled.
It took HPD only a couple minutes to respond. However, in between the time I called, and the time Police responded – the minivan owner (who happens to work at Hudson Tavern) – moved the vehicle back about 15 feet, as to be “partially” out of the illegally parked zone.
HPD is light-staffed to begin with after-hours, and didn’t go on a full-scale manhunt for the suspected offender. And since the damage was relatively minor – went back into service. However, minutes after the HPD left, the offending car returned to the scene:
At this point, a female passenger wearing a pink top and black pants exited the westbound car at 14th and Hudson and proceeded to the scene of the accident. She picked up the “evidence” (the broken mirror), and returned to the car. They left town by heading north on Hudson, then west on 15th Street.
Multiple real-time calls to HPD netted no suspects, no summonses, and no real victims actually.
In this particular incident, both vehicles had some blame in the matter – but it seems as if neither one really cared what took place. It’s my suspicion that the minivan driver was fearful for repurcussions for the illegal parking job, and the offending driver of the striking vehicle was likely under the influence.
So in this case – IDIOCRACY rules.