Jersey City Police apprehend alleged hit-and-run driver of cyclist
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JERSEY CITY – The Jersey City Police Department issued a press release Tuesday announcing the arrest of a driver who allegedly hit a cyclist last Thursday night. The cyclist later passed away due to her injuries.

According to the release, Neteria Augcomfar, 24, of Halladay Street, was taken into custody by members of the JCPD Major Case Squad after allegedly confirming she was the driver of a 2008 silver Volkswagen Jetta allegedly seen fleeing the scene on June 20. Natalia R. Caicedo, 34, was hit as she rode her bicycle on Marin Boulevard.

Caicedo sustained serious injuries to the head and body as a result of the accident. The victim was taken to Jersey City Medical Center where she remained in a coma for several hours before she succumbed to her injuries at 3:21 a.m.

Augcomfar has allegedly told police that she was unaware that she hit Caicedo.

Augcomfar is charged with reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident, and leaving the scene of an accident that resulted in death.

“I have to commend the public that gave us vital leads in the case. Their assistance made all the difference,” said Acting Police Chief Joseph Connors. “In addition, [I’d] like to commend the diligence of the Major Case squad that followed all the leads and helped us bring this case to a successful conclusion. This is an unfortunate tragedy, one that likely was avoidable. Also we would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to the family at this trying time.”

Police said the incident allegedly unfolded as Caicedo rode her bike southbound in the northbound lane of Marin Boulevard and was allegedly struck by Augcomfor at about 8:30 p.m.

Augcomfar and the owner of the car – who was not identified by the JCPD – reported to the Major Case offices on Monday, June 24.

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