MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – A one-car crash on Route 22 West and Central Avenue sent a fire hydrant flying in the early morning hours of Friday, Aug. 10.

Following a preliminary investigation, Mountainside Police report at about 3:43 a.m., the driver of a 2003 Nissan Altima lost control of the car while it was traveling at a very high rate of speed around a slight curve. The vehicle then left the roadway, became airborne, struck a fire hydrant, a street sign, additional curbing, then a tree. The vehicle caught fire when it finally stopped moving. At that point it was partially in the Route 22 roadway.

The owner of the vehicle, Jorge Silva, fled the scene in another vehicle which had been following him, police reported. Silva, who has addresses in Belleville and Plainfield, later appeared at police headquarters. He was interviewed by Sgt. Michael Jackson and Detective Stephen Devito, and issued multiple motor vehicle summons. He was not injured in the accident.

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The fire hydrant Silva struck landed 118 feet away from where it was installed in the ground, bolted to the water main, police said.

Mountainside Police Officer James Debbie is investigating the collision. Police were assisted on scene by the Mountainside Fire Department and Union County HazMat.