Police & Fire

Arrest Made in Fatal Hit and Run in Verona


NEWARK, NJ – Jose A. Asencio, 44, of Newark was arrested and charged in connection with the death of Matthew BenduceMcGrath, 59, of Verona who was killed in a hit and run on June 24 in Verona, according to Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Verona Police Chief Mitchell Stern

BeneduceMcGrath was struck and killed around 9:30 p.m. on June 24 crossing the street at Bloomfield Avenue and Hillcrest Terrace. He was rushed to University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 9:58 p.m.

According to the press release, surveillance video identified a light colored Ford van as the vehicle that struck the BeneduceMcGrath. Yesterday, Asencio, the driver of the van at the time of the collision, was arrested and charged with leaving the scene of an accident causing death, a second degree offense.

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An arrest warrant was issued by The Honorable Alfonse J. Cifelli, Judge of the Superior Court, and Asencio was arrested and transported to the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark, where bail was set at $150,000 with a 10 percent cash option.

The investigation remains active and ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force tips line at 1-877- TIPS-4EC or 1-877- 847-7432.

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