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Delivery Driver Jailed In Demarest Hit-Run That Killed Man Walking Dog

The victim was struck on Madison Avenue just east of Van Horn Street (INSET: Chewah Wong, courtesy of BERGEN COUNTY SHERIFF).
The victim was struck on Madison Avenue just east of Van Horn Street (INSET: Chewah Wong, courtesy of BERGEN COUNTY SHERIFF). Photo Credit: GoogleMaps

DEMAREST, N.J. -- A local firefighter helped Demarest police track down a hit-and-run restaurant delivery driver who struck and killed a 63-year-old borough man as he walked his dog Tuesday night, authorities told Daily Voice.

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UPDATE: The search for a hit-and-run vehicle that struck a killed a 63-year-old Demarest man as he walked his dog Tuesday night ended with its discovery and the arrest of a restaurant delivery driver in Cresskill, authorities confirmed Thursday. READ MORE....

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Records show a judge boosted bail to $250,000 for Chewah Wong, 54, a Malaysian national living in Elmhurst, Queens, after the victim died Wednesday morning.

Wong remained held in the Bergen County Jail on charges that include leaving the scene of a fatal crash, records show.

The victim was walking his dog along Madison Avenue east of Van Horn Street in an area with no sidewalks when he was struck by a 2012 Toyota Prius just after 8 p.m. Tuesday, Demarest Police Chief James Powderley III told Daily Voice.

He sustained severe head trauma, Powderly said.

A local volunteer firefighter who witnessed the crash tended to the victim while his son, who was with him, dialed 911.

"We owe a lot to that firefighter for helping the victim and providing the information we needed to find the driver," the chief said.

Demarest Volunteer Ambulance Corps took the victim to HackensackHUMC in Westwood, and AirMed One flew him from there to Hackensack University Medical Center.

The Bergen County Prosecutor's Fatal Accident Investigation Unit joined Demarest police detectives at the scene. The county sheriff's Bureau of Criminal Identification collected evidence.

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