TO: ALL NEWS MEDIA
FROM: PROSECUTOR GURBIR S. GREWAL
DATE: AUGUST 30, 2017
CONTACT: MAUREEN PARENTA (201) 226-5509 [OFFICE]
PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER (551) 265-8567 [CELL]
ILYAS SULTAN OF BERGENFIELD CHARGED WITH LEAVING THE SCENE OF A MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT RESULTING IN SERIOUS BODILY INJURY
Bergen County Prosecutor GURBIR S. GREWAL announced the arrest of ILYAS K. SULTAN (DOB: 06/27/1991; single, retail manager) of 224 East Johnson Avenue, Bergenfield, New Jersey on a charge of Leaving the Scene of a Motor Vehicle Accident Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury. The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by members of the Hackensack Police Department under the direction of Officer-in-Charge Captain Francesco AQUILA, the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office under the direction of Sheriff Michael SAUDINO, and the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office Fatal Accident Investigation Unit under the direction of Chief of Detectives Robert ANZILOTTI.
On Tuesday, August 29, 2017, at approximately 9:01 p.m., the Hackensack Police Department received multiple reports of a hit and run motor vehicle collision involving a pedestrian and a single vehicle on River Street near its intersection with Passaic Street. Upon responding to the scene, officers located and treated the victim, STEPHEN J. BENJAMIN, who had been struck by the fleeing vehicle. Due to injuries suffered during the collision, Mr. BENJAMIN was transported to Hackensack University Medical Center. The ensuing investigation revealed that BENJAMIN was struck by a vehicle being operated by SULTAN.
Ilyas SULTAN later turned himself into Hackensack Police and was subsequently arrested and charged with one count of Leaving the Scene of a Motor Vehicle Accident Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1.1, a third degree crime. SULTAN is scheduled to appear in Bergen County Central Judicial Processing Court for a first appearance on Monday, September 18, 2017 at 8:30 a.m.
Bergen County Prosecutor Grewal states that these charges are merely accusations, and that the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Prosecutor Grewal would like to thank the Hackensack Police Department and the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance in this investigation.