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Victim of Councilwoman DeGise’s Hit-and-Run Speaks Out For The First Time

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The victim of an apparent hit-and-run involving Councilperson-at-Large Amy DeGise is speaking exclusively with HudPost about the now infamous incident that’s upended the political world of Hudson County.

At approximately 8:00 AM on July 19, 2022, Andrew Black was working for Uber Eats while traveling on his bicycle to pickup a delivery order from McDonald’s in the Hub. Black, a resident of Jersey City’s Ward F, was riding south on Martin Luther King Drive when he was struck at the Forrest Street intersection.

Regarding the collision, Black recalls that he “hit the hood,” “rolled over,” and was assisted by members of the local community. HudPost has reviewed video footage that appears to capture a black Nissan Rogue striking a cyclist, nearly head-on, at the aforementioned intersection.

Black was grateful that, despite dealing with deep bruising, he didn’t suffer major physical injuries; however, he suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and says the incident has already caused increased anxiety.

He hasn’t received any police reports regarding the incident from the Jersey City Police Department (JCPD) and was unaware of the media coverage surrounding the incident prior to being contacted by HudPost. As for DeGise, Black said he was disappointed to hear stereotypes of who his neighbors thought was responsible for striking him only to find out it was “someone of prestige.”

Of note, Black is a faithful Mormon and his lack of major physical injury could be seen as divine intervention to some. Right before leaving for the delivery, he asked a mentor in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints if he should wear his temple garment and was told “Your choice. I would wear my garments. More Protection.”

Black decided to wear the garment and what happened minutes later is now history.

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  28. Steven

    July 30, 2022 at 9:18 pm

    I had one question, was the council woman speeding?
    If exceeding the speed limit, that would make it possibly reckless driving.
    Also, as another post noted, was she on a cell phone. That may be hard to tell as many c3ll phones are linked to the car’s audio system.
    I tried to estimate speed, but hard to tell without distances noted in the intersection, but transit time through the intersection was about three and a quarter or three and a half seconds.
    Speed could be determined by on the ground measurements.
    What seemed odd is the car didn’t seem to slow down a whit, and I didn’t even see the brake lights flash or go on. Ordinarily, a person would automatically hit the brakes when hitting something,
    Were they distracted, really distracted, or had they even speeded up to try to beat the light, perhaps on amber.
    I know a lot of people try to beat a light, but with high speed traffic, it can get you killed.
    I don’t know what the bicyclist was thinking about.
    There was a line of cars, and Black, on the bicycle, came out from between the line of cars and into the left lane, nearly on the centerline, but he appeared to be in the oncoming traffic lane and then there was a blank in the surveillance video, but from what it looked like, he was really in double jeopardy, going through a red light and going the wrong way in an oncoming traffic lane, which would likely make it even more difficult for a vehicle traversing the intersection to see him.
    The driver possibly never did see him or even know there had been a collision, since it appeared the vehicle hit the trailing wheel of the bicycle, Black did a flip, possibly at the side of the car and the bicycle was knocked clear across the intersection and hit the curb on the other side, and the bicycle looked like it was bent, perhaps the rear wheel broken.
    At least Black had a helmet.
    There’s some great bike courier movies, I think Premium Rush was one I saw about a NYCity bicycle courier with a lot of high speed cycling through heavy traffic, and reading the traffic patterns as you come to them, but this accident seems to be a low traffic intersection, two lane streets with parking, in a business district with store fronts, pedestrian traffic, baby carriages, so everyone needs to be at the top of their game driving and/or cycling and that means defensive driving all around, because you can be sure someone isn’t being careful, so when you get two, neither into defensive driving or cycling, that’s where it gets dicy, so both people likely at fault, and Black is lucky he wasn’t killed, and the councilwoman is as well, since even more than that job of the councilwoman, you don’t want to have to live with having been involved in a fatal accident, whether you were responsible or not.

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