MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – A 24-year-old Mountainside resident is in critical condition at University Medical Center in Newark after being struck by a vehicle while walking on Route 22 in the early morning hours of Sunday, Sept. 9.

Police gave the following account of the incident:

At about 1:09 a.m. Sunday, a 24-year-old Mountainside resident was walking along Route 22 East, near the intersection of Globe Avenue, when he was struck by what police later identified as a 2003 Jeep.  

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The Jeep struck the pedestrian and continued on. Its driver did not stop, police said. Shortly afterwards, a driver passing by saw what he thought was a person laying on the road, stopped and then called 911.

The severely injured pedestrian was taken to University Hospital in Newark by the Mountainside Rescue Squad.

The Mountainside Police Department investigated and the vehicle was located within hours. Police charged the driver, Janae Hemmings, 24, of Plainfield, with Fourth Degree Assault by Auto, and Third Degree Leaving the Scene of a Motor Vehicle Accident, all indictable charges. She also received various motor vehicle summons.

The victim has undergone several emergency operations, police reported, and today, Thursday, Sept. 13, is in critical condition.

Police Officer Stephen King and Corporal Don Amberg responded to the initial call. Detective Corporal Shaun Bendik and Sergeant Michael Jackson of the Mountainside Police Department conducted the follow up investigation.