Jersey City council member pleads guilty to fleeing after hitting cyclist with SUV

Security footage showed DeGise hitting a delivery worker in July.
Security footage showed DeGise hitting a delivery worker in July. Photo credit Jersey City

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (1010 WINS) — Jersey City Councilmember Amy DeGise pleaded guilty on Tuesday to fleeing the scene of an accident after hitting a delivery worker with her car in July.

DeGise, who was sentenced at the same hearing in which she pleaded guilty, will lose her license for a year and pay a $5,000 fine.

Video of the incident showed DeGise slam into Uber Eats delivery worker Andrew Black at the intersection of Martin Luther King Drive and Forest Street. She didn’t slow down after hitting him and only turned herself in to police six hours later.

Emergency responders took Black to Jersey Medical Center. A police report indicated he had ankle pain and a cut on his leg.

She pleaded guilty to charges of failure to report an incident and hit-and-run.

Jersey City Councilmember Amy DeGise
Jersey City Councilmember Amy DeGise Photo credit Twitter/Amy_DeGise

“Seven months ago I made a mistake that I will regret for the rest of my life. I want to offer my heartfelt apology to Andrew Black and I am thankful that he was not hurt,” she said in a statement following the hearing. “I also want to apologize to the people of Jersey City for not only my actions, but for the negative attention they brought to our wonderful community.”

The council member has refused to resign despite demands from residents and activists.

Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop and Gov. Phil Murphy supported her decision to remain in office.

Featured Image Photo Credit: Security footage