A grand jury has voted in favor of charges brought by authorities against a Moonachie motorist in the hit and run death of a Paterson man on Route 3 in Clifton earlier this year.
Investigators were approaching resolution of the case when Bryan Meza-Roca, 26, surrendered to face charges of leaving the scene of a fatal crash and endangering an injured victim, reported the authorities announced.
Meza-Roca was driving a 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe which they said struck Mustafa Hemaid, 33, on the busy eastbound freeway outside of Clifton Commons and continued before dawn on June 13.
Hemaid’s remains were only discovered in daylight, when a 911 caller reported seeing “mannequin parts” along the shoulder near the median, a senior investigator said. at Daily Voice.
Response officers also found parts of the Santa Fe, including the driver’s side mirror.
“It is unusual to say the least,” said the investigator. “At no time did anyone report seeing a body. Apparently no one realized what it was.”
Meza-Roca surrendered on June 18. The next day, a judge at Paterson’s Central Judicial Processing Court released him pending further legal action.
Among the conditions of his release, Meza-Roca had to surrender his driver’s license and be kept under surveillance while the case against him continues.
He will have to appear before a Paterson Superior Court judge in the near future for an indictment on this week’s grand jury indictment, Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes said.
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