Kearny PD needs public’s help identifying man killed in July 26 bike crash

A man who police have been unable to identify was killed in a fatal bike crash in South Kearny Monday morning, and Kearny Police Department Public Information Officer Capt. Timothy Wagner says the KPD needs the public’s help to identify him.

Wagner says the Kearny Police Department’s Traffic Bureau and the Hudson County Regional Collision Investigation Unit are investigating the crash that occurred on U.S. Routes 1&9 (Truck).

Officers of the Kearny Police Department responded to 1&9 southbound near Central Avenue July 26 at approximately 2:29 a.m. after receiving a report of a bicyclist struck by a vehicle.

The preliminary investigation indicates an adult man was riding a bike in the left lane of the highway when he was struck by a Nissan Pathfinder being driven in the same direction by a 40-year-old Jersey City woman.

The cyclist was then struck by one additional vehicle, a Mercedes Benz SUV, that was also being driven in the southbound lanes of 1&9. The driver of the Mercedes was a 32-year-old Carteret man.​

The cyclist was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics from the Jersey City Medical Center.

The deceased cyclist has not yet been identified. His ID and the cause and manner of his death are pending an investigation by the Northern Regional Medical Examiner’s Office.

As of now, no criminal or traffic-related charges are expected to be issued against either driver involved in the crash.

The cyclist was an adult Black man, dressed in a sleeveless black T-shirt, black shorts and white sneakers, who rode a blue CitiBike.

If anyone witnessed the crash or can provide information to help identify the cyclist, submit an email tip to, or to contact Officer Rich Pawlowski by telephone at (201) 998-1313, ext. 2817.

Reference KPD case number 21-27020.


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