Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that Lamar Hill, 20, of East Orange has been arrested and charged with aggravated assault, eluding and receiving stolen property following a police pursuit yesterday that resulted in four people being injured.
The preliminary investigation indicates that at approximately 1:50 p.m. yesterday officers from the East Orange Police Department observed a car that had been reported stolen on Aug. 29. The officers attempted to make a motor vehicle stop but the suspect fled at a high rate of speed into Newark.
At the intersection of Roseville and 7th Avenue in Newark the suspect’s vehicle struck a civilian car and several parked cars.
Three pedestrians were struck by debris from the crash. A 26-year-old mother and her six-year-old son, both of Newark, sustained non-life threatening injuries along with a 43-year-old Newark man. The driver of the car hit by the suspect, a man from Reading, Pa., was also injured. All four of the injured were taken to University Hospital where they were treated and released.
The Newark Police Department was not involved in the pursuit but responded to the scene to render assistance.
The incident is being investigated by the Essex County Prosecutor’s Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force and the Professional Standards Bureau. The investigation is active and ongoing. No other information is available at this time.
These charges are accusations. All defendants are presumed to be innocent unless and until they plead guilty or are found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.