NJ man sentenced to 7.5 years in prison for hit-and-run that killed boy, 12

Jose Marrero
Jose Marrero Photo credit Union County Prosecutor's Office

UNION, N.J. (1010 WINS) — A New Jersey man was sentenced to seven-and-a-half years in prison for a 2019 hit-and-run crash that killed a 12-year-old boy, the Union County Prosecutor’s Office said.

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The 39-year-old Kearny man, Jose Marrero, was driving his work cargo van on July 17 when he hit 12-year-old Jeremy Maraj on the shoulder of Galloping Hill Road in Union around 8 p.m.

Responding officers found the boy unresponsive on the road. He was transported to University Hospital in Newark where died two days later.

Marrero’s van was seen on surveillance footage of the area and parts from the vehicle were recovered from the scene. Witnesses testified that Marrero fled instead of stopping.

According to NJ Advance, Marrero called the police the next day after reading a story about the young victim in the news. He allegedly told his girlfriend he thought he hit a deer.