New Jersey

Man Indicted in Hit-and-Run Crash That Killed 2 NJ Politicians

The corrections officer was initially charged with leaving the scene of an accident that resulted in death and resisting arrest

A corrections officer accused of killing a prospective state legislative candidate and the Jersey City Republican Party chairman in a hit-and-run accident has been indicted on death by auto charges.

Michael Hansen also faces two counts of knowingly leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident resulting in death. The charges stem from an April 2 crash in North Bergen.

Hanson, 38, of North Bergen, was driving a car that struck and killed Marie Tauro and Russell Maffei, Hudson County prosecutors said. Tauro planned to seek the GOP nomination for an Assembly seat.

Hansen fled the scene but captured several hours later at his home, authorities said. 

The indictment was recently handed up by a county grand jury.

It wasn't known Sunday if Hansen has retained an attorney.

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