Man charged in Jersey City hit and run

The Hudson County Regional Collision Investigation Unit charged the driver in a fatal July 4th hit and run in Jersey City that killed a 26-year-old man, according to a press release from the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.

Police charged Evans Severe, 29, of Jersey City,  with Leaving the Scene of a Motor Vehicle Collision Resulting in Death, a crime of the second degree.

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On July 4, at approximately 3:56 a.m., Jersey City Police responded to the area of Hopkins Ave. just east of Summit Ave. on reports of a pedestrian struck with life-threatening injuries.

The victim, later identified as Shawn Charles, 26 of Jersey City, was transported to Jersey City Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 4:28 a.m.

According to the initial investigation, Charles was standing outside a home on Summit Ave. when he was struck by a vehicle backing up and leaving the area.

The alleged driver, later identified as Severe, initially left the scene but returned shortly after.

Police arrested Severe at his home in Jersey City shortly after 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 27.

The Hudson County Regional Collision Investigation Unit is actively investigating this incident.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Office of the Hudson County Prosecutor at 201- 915-1345 or leave an anonymous tip at:

All information will be kept confidential.

Severe is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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