The incident in question happened in November of 2021 but was not made public until recently.
Democrat Amy Degise who became an elected official on New Jerseys city council, pulled a hit and run a few days ago. She refuses calls to resign and so far no arrest??? She feels justified to have kept on going because she had a green light.😡😡😡😡😡 pic.twitter.com/vP0P5Ua2dk
— Nancy Patriot 💙 Free Speech! (@chairityj2004) August 1, 2022
Jersey City Councilwoman Amy DeGise allegedly had left her car parked in a no parking/standing zone in November of 2021. While it was illegally parked, a tractor-trailer making a turn struck DeGise’s vehicle, prompting the police response.
The officer who was investigating the incident learned that DeGise’s vehicle had not been registered since 2019, and as such, was required by New Jersey State law to impound the vehicle until it was registered.
As the officer was waiting for the vehicle to get towed, DeGise made contact with him and asked him not to tow her vehicle.
The incident, captured on police body camera, was released by Hudson County View. In the video, DeGise is heard attempting to stop Hoboken Police Officer Ramon Caldron from towing her vehicle.
She told him that she had been recently elected as a councilwoman, had a member of her family in law enforcement, and that she needed to get back to work. DeGise is heard saying:
“I was endorsed by the JCPD. I’m a councilwoman.”
Officer Caldron is then heard expressing to her that it does not matter who she is or who she knows, rather, her vehicle was in violation of state law and he was required to tow it. He said:
“I’m sorry, there’s nothing I can do. This is Jersey state law. You can take what you want from the car now, and you can pick up the vehicle when it’s registered and you can get a report.”
— Ronald Kelly (@RonK3l) August 3, 2022
No information has been released which would lead us to determine if DeGise paid any type of fine to retrieve her vehicle from impound in November.
This newest drama comes after DeGise’s more recent traffic crash in which she allegedly failed to stop after striking a bicyclist in an intersection. Thankfully, reports are that the cyclist was not seriously hurt.
Calls for DeGise to step down have grown louder from her opponents but that seemingly does not matter as she has stated she has no intention of resigning from her office.
DeGise’s spokesperson recently released a statement in which her intention was made crystal clear:
“Councilwoman DeGise was elected overwhelmingly just a few months ago and she has no intention of walking away from the commitment she made to serve the people of Jersey City. She will not resign and plans to complete her full term and continue in public service.”
They did. She was charged with failure to report the accident and leaving the scene.
— @glenda 🇺🇸🇨🇦 (@glenda286342182) August 3, 2022
DeGise’s spokesperson added that she will not be speaking anymore on the matter while all of the legal processes work their way through the courts:
“As she has said previously, she is thankful that no one was seriously injured and she fully intends to speak out more when the legal process is concluded.”
Report: New Jersey leading Democrat strikes bicyclist with SUV, flees scene without stopping
JERSEY CITY, NJ- Wow! That’s all we’ve got in the case of a New Jersey councilwoman who was captured on video striking a bicyclist with her SUV then leaving the scene at high speed without checking for injuries, the New York Post reports.
Amy DeGise, a councilwoman from Jersey City, located across the Hudson River from New York City was seen driving at a fast rate of speed through an intersection when she struck Andrew Black, the cyclist, at around 8 a.m. on July 19.
The impact caused Black to go flying over the vehicles hood and falling to the ground, hudpost.com reported.
Black, 29 who is an Uber-Eats deliveryman said, “I look left, suddenly I just hear ‘Ba[m].’ I get hit. I roll over and I’m in such pain.”
Based on video surveillance of the intersection, it would be impossible for DeGise to claim she didn’t see the bicycle. She simply drove away from the intersection of Martin Luther King Dr. and Forrest St. in a Nissan Rogue like nothing happened, said Black, who was able to regain his footing after the crash.
In fact, it didn’t appear that DeGise ever even hit the brakes after she struck the bicyclist.
What happened after the crash is a bit subject to debate. At some point in time, she contacted the police department and received a summons.
On July 20, DeGise issued a statement in which she called the accident an “unfortunate event” however said she could not speak further due to her criminal case.
He did not suffer any serious injuries, but based on the impact, it could have been much worse. He is angry that someone who is supposed to be a community leader attempted to evade responsibility for the crash.
“Someone of prestige [who is] demanding to uphold and clean our streets or whatever they’re calling it can’t even do it themselves,” Black said. “It really upset me.”
NJ.com noted that Black’s shoes were knocked off as a result of the crash, while his now-mangled bike skidded to the curb. A number of people who witnessed the accident tended to Black in order to help.
For example, one woman retrieved his other shoe, while people from a corner preschool set out a cooler for him to sit on. A number of people stopped by to make sure he was ok.
The video shows Black pedaling through a red light at the time of the accident, the New Jersey Globe reported. Despite DeGise having the right of way, she was issued a summons for leaving the scene of an accident and failing to report it, the outlet wrote.
An online petition posted on Change.org gathered over 600 signatures demanding DeGise’s resignation. The Post said DeGise did not return a request for comment.
Anyone who found themselves in a situation such as DeGise did should have done the right thing and stopped. The fact that she is an elected official means she should be held to a higher standard than Joe Six Pack. She swore an oath to uphold the law, which she failed at miserably.
As NJ.com noted, “pedestrian, bicycle and overall traffic safety are huge issues in Jersey City, so much so in fact that the city has signed on to the Vision Zero goal of ending tragic motor vehicle crashes.
The voters of Jersey City deserve an explanation from DeGise as to why she thought it prudent to evade the scene of an accident where she should have known there was a possibility of serious injury.
Why would anyone, especially a sitting city councilwoman strike someone with her vehicle and leave the scene? Is this what she thinks of her constituents?
DeGise is apparently well-connected. As we have seen in national politics, who you are is much more important than what you did. It will be interesting to see if DeGise is made to pay the price for her inaction and her deliberate attempt to evade responsibility for an accident.
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