NORTH BERGEN, N.J. — The North Bergen community is mourning the loss of 43-year-old Salvadoran immigrant, Manuel Diaz-Marquez, who was fatally struck by a vehicle on Tonnelle Avenue in the early hours of May 8th, 2023. This incident, which follows closely on the heels of a hit-and-run accident that claimed the life of a motorcyclist on the same avenue just three days earlier, has raised pressing concerns over road safety in the area.
Known for his gentle and loving nature, Diaz-Marquez worked at Fine & Fare on 4th St in Union City for over 20 years. As one of only three siblings in the USA, he lived with his sister, having immigrated from El Salvador.
In response to this tragedy, a GoFundMe campaign has been initiated by Jose Guevara to assist Diaz-Marquez’s family with the costs of funeral and memorial services, including the expenses associated with returning him to El Salvador, where his mother and other siblings reside. Those wishing to support can do so through the family’s GoFundMe page, which can be accessed here.
The incidents on Tonnelle Avenue have sparked calls from locals for improved road safety measures. “Tonnelle needs better lighting. Drivers need to slow down,” wrote local resident @koahtheshadow on social media. Another resident, @paddylou, voiced concern over pedestrian safety, stating, “Pedestrians should have a safer way of crossing [Tonnelle Ave].”
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