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Pedestrian Killed In Hit-And-Run In Elizabeth, N.J.; Suspect Held

Elizabeth, N.J., Fatal Accident

A pedestrian was struck and killed early Saturday in Elizabeth, N.J. (Credit: CBS 2)

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ELIZABETH, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A man was being held on $150,000 bail Saturday in connection with an early-morning hit-and-run that left another man dead in Elizabeth, N.J.

The deadly accident happened just before 4 a.m. Saturday at Spring Street (Route 1&9) and East Jersey Street in Elizabeth.

Joshua Cisson, 31, was crossing Route 1&9 when a southbound vehicle slammed into him, police said. Cisson was pronounced dead at the scene.

WCBS 880′s Jim Smith reports

“When an automobile traveling at a high rate of speed hit the pedestrian, the pedestrian became a fatality,” said Elizabeth Mayor Chris Bollwage.

Bollwage told WCBS 880’s Jim Smith the driver fled, but a police found a critical piece of evidence.

“The license plate of the automobile fell off the car at which time the police officers who responded to the scene, tracked down the license plate,” he said.

The driver, Ulises Medina, 26, of Elizabeth, was held on motor vehicle charges, as well as criminal charges of leaving the scene of a fatal accident and eluding police.

He was being held at the Elizabeth Police Headquarters, pending a transfer to the Union County Jail.

1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria reports

A witness said a second vehicle described as a brown sport-utility vehicle may also have hit Cisson as he lay in the roadway, and as passersby tried to help him. Police want to speak to that driver, and say he may not know he hit a person in the roadway.

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