JERSEY CITY, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — The alleged driver in a hit-and-run crash that left two teenage boys dead in Jersey City has been arrested, authorities announced Friday.
Rashaun Bell, 20, was arrested without incident after surrendering to detectives at the Hudson County’s Prosecutor’s Officer on an outstanding warrant, authorities said.
He has been charged with two counts of knowingly leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death.
Police said Bell was behind the wheel of a gold Nissan Altima when it slammed into the teens who were on a bicycle Wednesday afternoon on Terrace Avenue near Secaucus Road.
Fifteen-year-old Elionel Jimenez was pronounced dead at the scene. His friend and classmate at Dickinson High School, 16-year-old Alexander Rosas-Flores, died Thursday at Jersey City Medical Center.
Authorities said Bell and three other passengers inside the car fled the scene on foot, but two of the passengers later returned.
The prosecutor’s office said Friday that one of those passengers, 20-year-old Denasia Felder, has also been charged with hindering. She is due in court in November.
Meanwhile, friends and family honored the boys with a vigil Thursday night and grief counselors were also on hand Friday at Dickinson High School.