Lyndhurst, NJ – A driver accused of trying to cover up a hit-and-run crash that left a female pedestrian critically injured has been arrested on a slew of felony charges, according to Bergen County prosecutors.
The suspect, 38-year-old Samuel Torres, tried to pass of responsibility for the crash by claiming he was carjacked, NJ.com reported.
The collision occurred at approximately 9:55 p.m. on June 8 near the intersection of Valley Brook Avenue and Grand Avenue.
Police responded to the scene to find a 56-year-old woman lying on the side of the road, suffering from multiple life-threatening injuries, NJ.com reported.
Police said her hip was fractured, and she also suffered head trauma and back injuries, according to the Daily Voice.
She was rushed to Hackensack University Medical Center, where she remains in critical but stable condition.
Shortly after the crash, police received a call from Torres reporting he had been attacked and knocked unconscious in a carjacking, and that the assailant had taken off with his silver 2017 Toyota sedan, NJ.com reported.
“Video recovered from the area of the collision indicated that the victim was struck by a silver sedan that fled the area,” Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella said in a statement.
“The ensuing investigation revealed that Torres was operating his Toyota at the time of the hit-and-run collision, and that he fabricated the carjacking report in an effort to conceal the crime,” Musella explained, according to WNBC.
Torres was in possession of cocaine at the time of his arrest, the Daily Voice reported.
He has been charged with third-degree possession of a controlled substance, third-degree leaving the scene of an accident resulting in serious injury, and fourth-degree hindering apprehension as a disorderly person offense, NJ.com reported.
Torres has already been released from jail and is due back in court on June 23.