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Bus Driver Charged In Deadly Hit-And-Run At Newark Airport

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NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A bus driver has been charged with striking and killing a pedestrian in a hit-and-run at Newark Liberty International Airport last fall.

Fidel Ortez, 47, of West New York, N.J., was charged Monday with second-degree leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death, and third-degree endangering an injured victim, Essex County, N.J., prosecutors announced.

Ortez allegedly struck Jeffrey Ziesler, 61, of Howell, N.J., around 4 a.m. Nov. 12. He also allegedly failed to stop and help Ziesler afterward.

The indictment charging Ortez was returned Friday, and he was arrested at his place of work Friday evening, prosecutors said.

Ortez was released on $50,000 bail.

Prosecutors did not specify the bus company for which Ortez worked.

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