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Family Haunted by Heinous New Jersey Hit-and-Run That Left Mother Unable to Walk

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    NJ Family Haunted by Heinous Unsolved Hit-and-Run

    A family is determined not to let a hit-and-run driver get away with the heinous crime. Checkey Beckford reports. (Published Thursday, March 29, 2018)

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    • Friends and family of a 25-year New Jersey mother are haunted by the hit-and-run that left the victim unable to walk

    • Jessie Tugonon was crossing the street in Jersey City on March 18 when an SUV plowed into her, dragged her half a block and kept on going

    • Tugonon’s aunt says her niece is still in the hospital fighting for her life; she says she has a collapsed lung and a fractured rib

    Friends and family of a New Jersey mother who was seriously injured in a hit-and-run are haunted by the heinous crime and wants the driver off the streets.

    On March 18, 25-year-old Jessie Tugonon was crossing Boyd Avenue in Jersey City when an SUV plowed into her, dragged her for half a block and kept on going.

    “Whoever did this has no compassion and no heart,” neighbor Sylvia Rosario said. “How are you going to leave an injured person on the floor?”

    Rosario said Tugonon was left gasping for air with her lips turning purple.

    Tugonon’s aunt says her niece is still in the hospital fighting for her life. She says she has a collapsed lung, a fractured rib and is unable to walk.

    “She has tire marks all over her body from being rolled over,” Katherine Foxworth said. “She takes care of everyone in her household. She has a 10-year-old daughter I’m currently taking care of.”

    Foxworth says she is praying the damage to her niece is temporary.

    Detectives are going through surveillance footage and they say they are hopeful an arrest will be made soon.


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