PASSAIC COUNTY - A hit-and-run crash led to the death of a Clifton man and Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia Valdes and Clifton Police Chief Thomas Rinaldi are looking for your help.

According to Valdes, it was just past midnight on Sunday, April 25 when 35-year-old Dharmesh Patel of Clifton was walking across Route 46 West near Rock Hill Road in Clifton. An unidentified vehicle struck Patel as he was walking and subsequently fled the scene.

The injured man was then tragically struck again by a second vehicle, a 2011 Hyundai Sonata driven by a 52-year-old male from New Brunswick. This man stopped to call 911 and provide what aid he could.

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Patel was transported to St. Joseph's University Medical Center but was pronounced dead at 4:24 a.m.

The search is on for the hit-and-run driver and the prosecutor's Office and Clifton Police are asking for your help to find who left Patel to die on Route 46.

The Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office asks anyone with additional information about this incident to contact us on their tips line at 1-877-370-PCPO, or please email:

You can also contact the Clifton Police Department Traffic Division at 973-470-5908.

More information will be released when it becomes available, but the investigation is open and ongoing. 


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