HACKENSACK, NJ MAN CHARGED IN CLOSTER HIT AND RUN INCIDENT
For Immediate Release:
March 27, 2023
Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced the arrest of JESUS YUNGANAULA TENEMPAGUAY (DOB: 4/10/1986; married; cook) of 33 Johnson Avenue, Floor 2, Hackensack, NJ for leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident resulting in serious bodily injury, endangering an injured victim, and hindering apprehension. The charges are the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Jason Love and the Closter Police Department under the direction of Chief John McTigue.
At approximately 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 26, 2023, the Closter Police Department responded to a report of a hit-and-run crash involving a pedestrian that occurred on Durie Avenue in Closter, NJ. The pedestrian, 75-year-old Alan Friedman of Closter, NJ, was transported to Hackensack University Medical Center where he is being treated for life-threatening injuries sustained during the collision.
An investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and the Closter Police Department revealed that a 2007 Honda CRV operated by JESUS YUNGANAULA TENEMPAGUAY struck the victim as he walked along Durie Avenue, gravely injuring him, and subsequently fled the area prior to police arrival. Further investigation revealed that YUNGANAULA TENEMPAGUAY was intoxicated at the time of the accident.
As a result of the investigation, JESUS YUNGANAULA TENEMPAGUAY was charged with third-degree leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident resulting in serious bodily injury, N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1.1; third-degree endangering an injured victim, N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1.2; and third-degree hindering apprehension, N.J.S.A. 2C:29-3b(1). He was also served with multiple motor-vehicle summonses for violations related to driving while intoxicated and the hit-and-run crash. YUNGANAULA TENEMPAGUAY was remanded to the Bergen County Jail pending a first appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensack, NJ.
Prosecutor Musella states that the charges are merely accusations and that the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, and he would also like to thank the Closter Police Department and the Bergen County Sheriff’s Department for their assistance in this investigation.