Investigators seek information on Jersey City Motorcycle crash

Investigators seek the public’s assistance in identifying a dark red, maroon, or burgundy van, whose occupants may have witnessed a motorcycle crash on Friday night, June 19, in Jersey City, according to a press release from the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office

On June 19,  shortly after 11 p.m.,  members of the Jersey City Police Department responded to Paterson Plank Road, south of the Congress Street intersection, on a report of a motorcycle crash with injuries.

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Responding officers found a motorcyclist with serious injuries after he crashed his motorcycle into a wall.

The motorcyclist was identified as Illich Ferrera, 43, of Hackensack.

Ferrera was pronounced dead at the scene at approximately 11:30 p.m. The cause and manner of death are pending an investigation by the Regional Medical Examiner’s Office.

The initial investigation by the Hudson County Regional Collision Investigation Unit and the Jersey City Police Department revealed that Ferrera was traveling north on Paterson Plank Road when he may have swerved to avoid an oncoming vehicle. Ferrera then traveled across the road and off the roadway where he ultimately crashed into a stone wall.

The events surrounding the crash remain under investigation by the Hudson County Regional Collision Investigation Unit with assistance from the Jersey City Police Department.

Investigators are seeking the public’s assistance to help identify a vehicle and its occupants who may have witnessed the crash. The vehicle is described as a large, older-style passenger van. The van is believed to be dark red in color and is described as burgundy or maroon.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Office of the Hudson County Prosecutor at 201- 915-1345 or leave an anonymous tip on the Hudson County Prosecutor’s official website at

All information will be kept confidential.

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