Anatomy of a Hoboken Hit & Run accident

7/15/2010:

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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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.

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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.

Case closed.

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lhoward222
lhoward222
Sunday, July 18, 2010 10:32 pm

There was a black Lexus w NY plates parked in a spot in my building’s garage that has its right-hand side mirror taped on. The garage spot in which the car was parked this morning often has different cars parked in it. Since we don’t have rental spots, I always just assumed the spot’s owner changed cars frequently. Perhaps he/she uses it for guests? hmmm….

homeslice
homeslice
Thursday, July 15, 2010 3:52 pm

Hit and run is a felony, coming back to clean up the evidence makes it even worse and most likely warrants jail time, especially if under the influence.

Illegal parking is a misdemeanor – punishable by a ticket or car getting towed/booted.

Why wouldn’t the person seeing this call the police? Oh btw HPD – nice job on tracking down criminal.

xyzpdq
xyzpdq
Thursday, July 15, 2010 2:03 pm

Take this as your one and only warning evildoers! Hoboken411 is out there with a camera watching for you, and if he doesn’t catch you in the act Bicycle Batman or Homeless Superman will! Hoboken411 was right to call the police. If this woman was drunk enough to come back and collect the evidence she was drunk enough to kill someone.

Silva
Silva
Thursday, July 15, 2010 12:49 pm

You realize, in the time you took to get this girl’s picture, you could have ran downstairs and gotten her license plate number? 🙂

whineanddineinhob
whineanddineinhob
Reply to  Silva
Thursday, July 15, 2010 12:58 pm

Read H411’s account more carefully before jumping down his throat. He stated that “the offending car stopped for a moment, and proceeded to drive away.[quote comment=”194660”]You realize, in the time you took to get this girl’s picture, you could have ran downstairs and gotten her license plate number? [/quote]

WorldBFree
WorldBFree
Reply to  whineanddineinhob
Thursday, July 15, 2010 1:32 pm

more so when the offender returned and was walking…I would have made an effort even if there was a good chance the could have drove off before than rather than taking multiple pictures..That is why we should enact a “Good Samaritan” law like on the Seinfeld finally and lock 411 up for a long time[quote comment=”194661″]Read H411’s account more carefully before jumping down his throat. He stated that “the offending car stopped for a moment, and proceeded to drive away.

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whineanddineinhob
whineanddineinhob
Reply to  WorldBFree
Thursday, July 15, 2010 1:43 pm

Under the circumstances H411 acted like a concerned citizen and neighbor. He may have had his camera with him, but he left his crystal ball at home you fool.[quote comment=”194667″]more so when the offender returned and was walking…I would have made an effort even if there was a good chance the could have drove off before than rather than taking multiple pictures..That is why we should enact a “Good Samaritan” law like on the Seinfeld finally and lock 411 up for a long time

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Journey
Journey
Thursday, July 15, 2010 12:18 pm

The hitter’s lack of ethics is magnified by returning to the scene to collect any incriminating evidence.

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