BELLEVILLE — An unlicensed woman has turned herself in for leaving the scene of a fatal accident that left a middle school student dead, according to the Essex County Prosecutor's Office.
Seventh-grader Victor Huaringa-Alvez, 13, was riding a Yamaha dirt bike around 5:30 p.m. on June 7 when he was struck by a Ford Explorer, Chief Assistant Prosecutor Thomas Fennelly said.
Belleville police found Huaringa-Alvez at the intersection of Joralemon Street and Garden Avenue. The SUV and its driver were not at the scene, officials said.
He was pronounced dead at a hospital 45 minutes later.
More than a week later, Marilyn Quisepe-Falcon, 36, of Belleville, turned herself in with an attorney present, according to Fennelly. She was charged Thursday with leaving the scene of a fatal accident and endangering an injured victim.
Quisepe-Falcon was also charged with third-degree driving without a license resulting in death. She was released pending a court hearing, Fennelly said.
On Monday, Belleville Middle School will be hosting a dress-down fundraiser for Huaringa-Alvez's family.
“Those who knew and loved him are heartbroken by this unexpected goodbye,” a flyer for the event said.
Students will not have to follow their usual dress code and are encouraged to donate $3, while staff members are encouraged to donate $5.
A trip to New Jersey doesn't have to be all about the beach. Our state has some incredible trails, waterfalls, and lakes to enjoy.
From the Pine Barrens to the Appalachian Trail to the hidden gems of New Jersey, you have plenty of options for a great hike. Hiking is such a great way to spend time outdoors and enjoy nature, plus it's a great workout.
Before you go out on the trails and explore some of our listeners' suggestions, I have some tips on hiking etiquette from the American Hiking Society.
If you are going downhill and run into an uphill hiker, step to the side and give the uphill hiker space. A hiker going uphill has the right of way unless they stop to catch their breath.
Always stay on the trail, you may see side paths, unless they are marked as an official trail, steer clear of them. By going off-trail you may cause damage to the ecosystems around the trail, the plants, and wildlife that live there.
You also do not want to disturb the wildlife you encounter, just keep your distance from the wildlife and continue hiking.
Bicyclists should yield to hikers and horses. Hikers should also yield to horses, but I’m not sure how many horses you will encounter on the trails in New Jersey.
If you are thinking of bringing your dog on your hike, they should be leashed, and make sure to clean up all pet waste.
Lastly, be mindful of the weather, if the trail is too muddy, it's probably best to save your hike for another day.
I asked our listeners for their suggestions of the best hiking spots in New Jersey, check out their suggestions:
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