On Sunday, July 26, at approximately 7:15 a.m., members of the Jersey City Police Department responded to the Jersey City Medical Center on a call of an unresponsive female being transported to the Emergency Room via private vehicle.
According to a press release from the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, responding officers determined that the 24-year-old woman was a pedestrian when she was struck by a vehicle around 7 a.m. in the area of Garfield and Chapel Avenues in Jersey City.
The initial investigation by the Hudson County Regional Collision Investigation Unit and the Jersey City Police Department determined that the victim, later identified as Charnell Lytch, had been transported to the hospital in the vehicle that allegedly struck her – a 2013 Red, Jeep Grand Cherokee.
The driver who allegedly struck Lytch, Jersey City resident Bahsil Marsh, 25, remained at the hospital, and officers determined he was allegedly under the influence and driving with a suspended license.
Lytch later succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced dead at 1:48 p.m.
Marsh has been arrested and charged with Causing a Death While Driving with a Suspended License, a third-degree crime. He was also charged with Driving While Intoxicated, a motor vehicle violation, and additional charges and summonses may be pending, according to the prosecutor’s office.
Prosecutor Esther Suarez credited the Hudson County Regional Collision Investigation Unit and the Jersey City Police Department with the investigation and the arrest.
The events surrounding the collision remain under investigation.
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 http://www.hudsoncountyprosecutorsofficenj.org/homicide-tip/.
All information will be kept confidential.
The above charges are merely accusations, and Marsh is presumed innocent until proven guilty.