ELIZABETH, NJ--Union County Prosecutor Thomas Isenhour.announced today that a grand jury has returned a two-count indictment against an Elizabeth man charged with killing a pedestrian in Linden and fleeing the scene earlier this year.
Eduardo Perez, 33, is charged with second-degree leaving the scene of a fatal accident and second-degree vehicular homicide in connection with the death of 23-year-old Mujahid Henry of Newark.
Back on May 12, Linden Police Department units responded to a report of a motor vehicle accident in the 1200 block of East Linden Ave. according to Union County Assistant Prosecutor Melissa Spagnoli, who is prosecuting the case. An investigation led by the Linden Police Department Accident Investigation Team discovered that a 2007 Ford Escape traveling eastbound struck Henry. The victim was then thrown into a parked car and pronounced dead at the scene, Spagnoli said.
According to police, after allegedly striking Henry with his vehicle, Perez then drove into Elizabeth and abandoned the SUV on the 700 block of Lidgerwood Avenue. He hit several parked vehicles in the process of abandoning the SUV. Perez was arrested by police patrol units on nearby Kenneth Avenue moments later.
If convicted, Perez could face a sentence punishable by 5 to 10 years in state prison.