UNION, NJ – In an incident that placed the entire Township of Union in mourning, a Morris County man has been arrested and charged in connection with the hit-and-run tragedy that left 12-year old Jeremy Maraj fatally injured two weeks ago.

Jose V. Marrero, 37, of the Lake Hiawatha section of Parsippany-Troy Hills, turned himself in to authorities Friday evening.  He is charged with second degree leaving the scene of a fatal accident, according to a joint press release from Union Police Director Daniel Zieser and acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo,

Union police responded to the report of a pedestrian struck by a vehicle on Galloping Hill Road near Forest Drive at just before 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 17.  Maraj was rushed to University Hospital in Newark, where he was pronounced dead two days later.

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According to the Union County Prosecutor’s Office, a joint investigation by the Union Police Department and Union County Homicide Task Force revealed that Marrero was driving his work vehicle, a Nissan NV200 cargo van, when he struck Maraj. 

Marrero is lodged in the Union County Jail after turning himself in, pending a first appearance and detention hearing set to take place in the coming days in Superior Court.

Anyone with information about the incident is still being urged to contact Union Police officer Micael Salerno at 908-851-5070 or Task Force Detective Sean Holcomb at 908-358-8377.

Convictions on second-degree criminal charges are commonly punishable by 5 to 10 years in state prison.  These criminal charges are mere accusations.  Each defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.