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Cops Hunt Hit-Run Suspects in Jersey City Bicyclist Death



    Authorities have identified a woman killed in a hit-and-run in Jersey City Thursday and are now asking for help finding the driver or drivers who struck her.

    Police say 30-year-old Ayako Okabe was fatally struck while she was riding her bicycle home Thursday. Her body was spotted about 6:30 p.m. at state Route 1 and Duncan Avenue by a prison transport driver, according to Hudson County prosecutors.

    Officials are looking for two vehicles in connection with the hit-and-run. One is thought to be a red-and-silver food truck with white writing on the front doors, and the other is a small, dark-colored, four-door car.

    Hudson County Sheriff Frank X. Schillari said Okabe left work at 6:15 p.m. and was struck between 6:37 p.m. and 6:46 p.m.

    Okabe lived on Magnolia Avenue in Jersey City but did not appear to have any immediate family living in the U.S. Authorities say they've reached out to the Japanese consulate. 

    Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff's office at 201-915-1300.


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