Prosecutor: Man arrested in Nutley fatal hit-and-run

Officials say Dhkir Robinson was arrested and charged with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death.

Lanette Espy and Joti Rekhi

Feb 18, 2024, 8:24 PM

Updated 62 days ago

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A man was arrested in connection to a Nutley hit-and-run collision that killed one pedestrian and left another seriously injured, Essex County prosecutors announced Sunday.
They say Dhkir Robinson, 42, was arrested and charged with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death, operating a motor vehicle resulting in death with a suspended license and endangering an injured victim.
On Feb. 14, officials say they were notified of a collision on the 100 block of Milton Avenue, near the Garden State Parkway overpass. They say 22-year-old Wiston Perlaza, of Paterson, was pronounced dead at the scene.
A second pedestrian was taken to a local hospital and treated for non-fatal injuries. Officials did not release the name of the injured pedestrian.
Monday would have been Perlaza’s 23rd birthday. A memorial was set up by his family with balloons, flowers, candles and crosses at the utility pole close to where Perlaza was struck and killed.
Anthony Ramirez, Perlaza's childhood friend, was among those who paid their respects at the memorial Sunday evening.
"I'm trying to stay strong. I want to cry, but I can't cry. The tears just won't come out," Ramirez said. "I'm more mad than anything. He didn't deserve that. He didn't deserve what happened to him. Whoever did what they did, I'm glad they got caught. Hopefully they do their time and they get whatever they deserve too. But Wiston didn't deserve that."
Perlaza's family is still reeling from the tragedy. They didn't feel ready to speak with News 12 on camera on Sunday evening. They said, however, they felt some sort of closure upon learning of Robinson's arrest.
A GoFundMe has been set up to help them offset funeral costs. His funeral will be held Saturday.
"Everybody loved Wiston. He was always so happy. He was so full of joy. He always had a smile on his face. You could never be mad at him. He didn't have any issues with anybody," Ramirez said. "He was just a pure soul. It's hard to come around now a days."
The investigation is still active and ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Essex County Prosecutor's Office tips line at 1-877-TIPS-4EC or 1-877-847-7432. Calls will be kept confidential.


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