New Jersey Attorney General’s Office taking lead on fatal Elizabeth crash
The New Jersey Attorney General’s Office on Tuesday announced it will now be investigating the fatal vehicle crash in Elizabeth over the weekend.
Elizabeth police were involved in the initial search of a vehicle involved in the crash that killed taxi driver Juan Alvear, 54, and his female passenger Sunday morning. Officers responded to a call just after 5:40 a.m. of gunfire sounding around Fourth and Center streets. This led to officers to briefly follow a vehicle of interest.
Surveillance video of the crash showed a blue Hyundai speeding through a red light before hitting the cab.
“It’s been rough for our family for sure, but we are relieved that he didn’t suffer,” said David Vepez, Alvear’s nephew. "It was instant.”
Alvear was driving the woman to the train station at the time of the crash, added investigators. The woman who died has not been identified.
Alvear’s family has also set up a GoFundMe page dedicated to raising money to send his remains to Ecuador for burial.