ELIZABETH, NJ - Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, and Newark Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose announced Friday that Francisco Salazar, 35, of Elizabeth was arrested and charged with second degree leaving the scene of the accident that resulted in the death of Devere L. Rogers, 42 of Newark.

On August 15, 2020, at approximately 11:43 pm Newark police responded to reports of an injured pedestrian, later identified as Rogers, who was found lying in the southbound lanes of McCarter Highway in Newark. Rogers was transported to University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 12:09 am.  

According to police, the investigation determined Rogers was walking in the area of McCarter Highway and 4th Avenue when he was struck by a Jeep Wrangler which fled the scene. It was later determined Salazar was the driver of the Jeep.

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