An ongoing investigation into the North Bergen, NJ crash causing the death of Russell Maffei and Marie Tauro has resulted in additional charges for the suspect, Michael Hansen, age 38, of North Bergen.
On April 12, 2017, the Prosecutor’s Homicide Division charged the defendant with two counts of Death by Auto in violation of N.J.S. 2C:11-5. In addition, several motor vehicle summons were issued against Hansen including Driving While Intoxicated, Reckless Driving, Failure to Report a Motor Vehicle Accident and Leaving the Scene of an Accident.
On Sunday, April 2, 2017, at approximately 8:05 p.m., the North Bergen Police Department received a report of a pedestrian struck near the intersection of Paterson Plank Road and Kennedy Boulevard in North Bergen.
Upon arrival, North Bergen Police Officers found two victims, Russell Maffei, age 57, and Marie Tauro, age 80, both of Jersey City. Maffei and Tauro were transported by Medical Services to Jersey City Medical Center where they were pronounced dead shortly before 10:40 p.m.
The vehicle suspected in the crash fled the scene and was subsequently located in North Bergen. Hansen, who was identified as the owner of the suspected vehicle, was arrested shortly before 4 a.m. during the execution of a search warrant at a residence in North Bergen.
Hansen, who is a Hudson County Corrections Officer, was staying at the residence with family members.
Hansen was initially charged with two counts of Leaving the Scene of an Accident that Resulted in Death under New Jersey's Motor Vehicle Code, and Resisting Arrest. The new charges are Criminal Felonies under New Jersey's Title 2C Criminal law.
The Prosecutor’s Homicide Unit continues to actively investigate this case. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Office of the Hudson County Prosecutor at 201-915-1345 or to leave an anonymous tip on the Prosecutor’s official website at: http://www.hudsoncountyprosecutorsofficenj.org/homicide-tip/ . All information will be kept confidential.