Jersey City councilwoman accused in hit-and-run receives death threats
A Jersey City councilwoman accused of striking a cyclist with her car and failing to stop, has been receiving death threats online.
Amy DeGise has refused to step down from her post at City Hall. The public has expressed outrage over the incident. But it has now reached the level where the councilwoman is receiving threats over Instagram.
One threat states, “I hope they run over your kids…You need a bullet in your head.” Another states, “Hopefully someone will run over you and leave.” And a third states, “Death is near.”
"Like many other women in the public eye, Councilwoman DeGise has been the victim of online harassment in the form of incredibly disturbing threats of violence and even death threats in recent days,” spokesperson Phil Swibinski says in a statement. "It is reprehensible for anyone to make these kinds of direct threats of violence, and we hope that the perpetrators are prosecuted to the full extent of the law."
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DeGise was driving her black Nissan Rogue when she allegedly struck cyclist Andy Black at the corner of Forrest and MLK Drive. The incident happened on July 19.
Black was delivering food for UberEats at the time of the crash. He admitted that he rode through a red light at the time. He was not seriously injured.
"I look up and I realize, 'Oh no. I'm going down a one-way street,' and the hit was faster than I could even think," he said. "…The fact that she just drove away, that's what I'm worried about."
Black has reportedly said he is not able to work because his bike was damaged.
DeGise was issued two traffic summons. One was for failure to report an accident and the other was for leaving the scene of an accident.
She will have to appear in municipal court. The case will be heard outside of Jersey City because DeGise is a councilwoman.