TO: ALL NEWS MEDIA
FROM: PROSECUTOR GURBIR S. GREWAL
DATE: DECEMBER 22, 2016
CHEEWAH WONG OF ELMHURST, QUEENS CHARGED IN FATAL HIT & RUN ACCIDENT
Bergen County Prosecutor Gurbir S. Grewal announced the arrest of CHEEWAH WONG (DOB: 04/29/1962; single; and employed as food delivery driver) of 5157 Codwise Place, Floor 3, Elmhurst, Queens, New York on a charge of Knowingly Leaving the Scene of a Motor Vehicle Accident that resulted in Death. The arrest is the result of a joint investigation conducted by members of the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office Major Crimes Unit under the direction of Chief Robert ANZILOTTI, and the Demarest Police Department under the direction of Chief James POWDERLEY.
On December 20, 2016, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Fatal Accident Investigation Unit was contacted by the Demarest Police Department regarding a hit and run which occurred in the vicinity of Madison Avenue and Van Horn Street. Initially, a witness gave a detailed description of the fleeing vehicle involved in hitting a pedestrian. Shortly thereafter, the vehicle was located in Cresskill, New Jersey, and the driver was identified as CHEEWAH WONG of Elmhurst, New York. At that time, law enforcement officers observed that WONG’s front windshield had sustained major damage. After further investigation, WONG was subsequently arrested and charged accordingly for leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident that resulted in serious bodily injury.
The pedestrian, who sustained serious bodily injuries, was rushed to Hackensack University Medical Center. On December 21, 2016, the pedestrian was pronounced deceased at Hackensack University Medical Center.
As a result of the loss of life, CHEEWAH WONG’s has been charged with one count of Knowingly Leaving the Scene of a Motor Vehicle Accident Resulting in Death, N.J.S.A. 2C:11-5.1, a 2nd degree crime. The Honorable Matthew Fierro set bail at $100,000.00 with no ten percent option. As condition of bail, WONG was ordered to surrender his passport. WONG is scheduled to appear in Bergen County Central Judicial Processing Court for a first appearance on December 22, 2016.
Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Grewal states that this charge is merely an accusation and that the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, and would also like to thank the Cresskill Police Department and the Glen Rock Police Department for their assistance in this investigation.