Paterson cop indicted in Temple Street fatal hit-and-run, prosecutor | Paterson Times

Paterson cop indicted in Temple Street fatal hit-and-run, prosecutor


A Passaic County grand jury returned an indictment against police officer Jose Urena, Jr. for the hit-and-run accident that claimed the life of a 23-year-old city man last summer, according to the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office.

Urena, a resident of North Haledon, was formally charged on Tuesday, with second-degree knowingly leaving the scene of a fatal vehicle accident and third-degree endangering an injured victim, authorities said.

While off-duty Urena struck Jaquill Fields with his vehicle at around 8:25 p.m. on June 16, 2015 at the intersection of North 4th and Temple streets, authorities said.

Urena left the scene of the accident instead of staying to assist the victim. Authorities said police responded to the intersection. Fields was rushed to St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, but he succumbed to his injuries and died.

Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office Vehicular Homicide Unit investigated the incident. The driver of the vehicle was identified and the vehicle recovered, authorities said.

Urena could face 5-10 years in prison for leaving the scene of an accident and 3-5 years in prison for endangering an injured victim, authorities said.

  • Unc

    He'll get paid I'm sure.

    • BounceSquad426 .

      Who will get paid????

      • Unc

        The cop until he goes to jail

  • Sparky Flinstone

    f*ck that pig ass f@g0t… these dudes swear they be like that when really they be cowards but ya know… maybe he was drunk or over the limit and panicked bcuz he knew it was gonna be bad if he stuck around truth is many people coulda been in his shoes but these bastards shoot children and citizens who pose no imminent danger to them but they shoot them for racist reasons then the punks are applauded as heroes when IMO they are not heroes (their public servants)… I know some good men on the job we need many more good men, far as punks like this guy FUCK HIM hope he catches pure hell

  • Robert Tyler

    I remember this case. The cop was drunk and he ran over 2 african-american brothers. One killed, the other injured. He left the scene instead of staying to help the victim. Reminds me of the peter liang case in nyc. As always black people are dying at the hand of cops. Had he made an attempt to save the guy he hit maybe his sentence could be lighter. Not to mention that's the right thing to do.