Police: Carjacked Vehicle Kills Man During N.J. Chase

EAST ORANGE, N.J. (CBS 2/1010 WINS/AP) — Officials say a carjacked vehicle fleeing police struck and killed a pedestrian in West Orange Friday.

The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office says Jamal Silvera drove off in a municipal vehicle from the Lakeside Street Municipal Garage  at 9:50 a.m.

Officials say the vehicle struck and killed 63-year-old James Callaway of Maplewood outside St. Mark’s AME Church, where he was a trustee for 14 years.

“It’s just a great loss and a tragedy that we have endured today,” Darrel Hall, Callaway’s friend, told reporters including CBS 2’s John Slattery.

“He probably had no time to react, to get out the way…an unfortunate loss today,” Hall said.

Callaway was leaving the church and was struck as he was he was about to get into his car.

“And today he was here doing some work for the church — some paperwork. And leaving the church, I just walked on the scene. I don’t know where…they told me a car came up on the sidewalk,” Pastor Archie Cummings said.

Reporter Kathleen Maloney of 1010 WINS spoke with Callaway’s wife, Patricia, Friday evening.

1010 WINS’ Kathleen Maloney Reports

“I’m, you know, trying to see how did it really come to be…it’s like a bad dream,” she said.

West Orange police spotted the vehicle and pursued it into East Orange.

Officials say the 21-year-old suspect continued driving until he crashed. Silvera was captured after a brief foot chase.

Silvera has been charged with felony murder and bail was set at $1 million.

  • jonny

    Its crazy because i know both familys but i do know jamal didnt mean it blame eo police for bumping him on that sidewalk but r.i.p mr james u will be missed!!!!!!!!!

  • janie bee

    I feel that this young man needs to repent of all his sins and turn to God for mercy.if it wss a mistake oe not remembeer our life is not ours it is Gods he does with us what he wants to and God is not a killer. He knew the hour day and time the east orange mans life would end but a new life would start foe him in heaven…i would worry more about that kid that committed that act….pray for jamal dont judge him cause your no one to judge no one

  • Js

    My condolences to the family. He didnt mean to hurt anyone.Yes what he did was stupid but he’s not a monster, it was just a horrible accident.

  • Tone Rob!

    No need to chase those vehicles, you endanger the public by doing so.

  • Paul Kohloff

    take him out and one of his family ,excute both,

  • Mike Law

    Why don’t the police stop with force someone who could, like this one did, kill an innocent person? Do they want to be on a “watch how long this chase can take” TV show?

  • Mad As Hell...

    This is absolutely ridiculous..as a new homeowner (regretful) I have seen it all too often. At least 6 in the past 2yrs. These are obviously young, jobless punks who lack a drivers license. Hardworking productive young men don’t go out and car jack people. They know the lose and value of their and other lives, We Hope.
    Put his dumb ass under the jail cell, he killed an innocent MAN due to his stupidity and lack of driving skills.

    • Js

      U dnt no a Damn thing about him. U dnt know Wat the fuc happened. Innocent until proven guilTy isnt that the way its supposed to b.

      • Come in for questioning

        “Js”, Hey you seem to have some personal information regarding Jamal silvera.
        If possible, we would like to speak with you.
        Give us a call at the 5th Precinct. (973) 733-6070
        He’s accused of Vehicular homicide, in a stolen city-owned vehicle.

        We look forward to speaking with you, Officers at the 5th.

      • JS...NEXT.....

        @Js…You sound just as stupid as you write.
        What we do know is that your homeboy..was driving erratically a stolen car and as a result he killed an innocent man.
        What happened….didn’t get to joyride with him ?? Damn, then it would’ve been two going to jail instead of one.
        You are an absolute MORON….trust and believe you will be next.

  • remyx

    awesome grand theft auto just turned into murder. should have just stayed home and did all that on the playstation like the rest of society.

  • joe

    just like the Fong case 4 gang member with DA suited Honor Student Fong,

    Jamal can sute city and the pedesrian…

  • Tom Coleman

    I hate to say it , But that sounds like a Black Boys name Jamal….What a dumb Ass, He can kiss his life goodbye right now, because he will either get the death penalty or life in prison….Merry Xmas !!!

    • Naipran

      Tom, you didn’t hate to say that!

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