Deputies question two suspects in North Bergen hit-and-run

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The hit-and-run that critically injured a Union City boy and his older brother last week in North Bergen has taken a new turn with two people questioned in connection with the incident, according to the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office.

On Wednesday night, deputies recovered the red Nissan Rogue that jumped the curb on Kennedy Boulevard and violently struck Adrian Viruet, 11, and his 20-year-old brother Michael, as the boys and their sister left a movie theater.

The car, which was heavily damaged in the accident, was seized from 72nd Street in West New York Wednesday by HCSO personnel, in conjunction with the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office and North Bergen Police.

Charges have yet to be filed against the suspects, who were brought in at 10 p.m. and Sheriff Frank Schillari says the investigation is on-going, including searching for a third suspect.

“My office will stop at nothing until the driver of this vehicle is brought to justice,” the sheriff says.

According to their brother Chris Bonilla, the boys remain in critical, but stable condition.  He set up a Go Fund Me page to raise money for their care.

Bonilla says Adrian is semi-conscious and breathing on his own, but not speaking.  The left side of his head is still swollen.
Michael was put in a medically induced coma, after having his leg amputated and contracting pneumonia.

Witnesses to the crash or anyone with information should contact the HCSO at 201-915-1300.

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  1. garry pollack

    North Bergen residents, parents especially…Tues Nov 25th @ 11AM is a board of commissioners meeting…Let Them! know traffic safety in our town is a top priority w/U!

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