New Jersey councilwoman hits cyclist, 31, at intersection and then speeds away without stopping

Shocking moment a New Jersey councilwoman crashes her SUV into cyclist, 29, at intersection and then speeds away without stopping

  • Amy DeGise is facing pressure to resign after she drove into bicyclist Andrew Black, 29, last week in Jersy City
  • CCTV street footage shows DeGise having the right-of-way, as her Nissan Rogue was seen driving through the intersection while the light was green
  • Black, who burned a red light, flew into the air after being hit by the car’s hood
  • DeGise, who is also chairwoman of Hudson County Democrats, did not stop to check on the cyclist after the incident and instead drove away
  • She was later charged with failure to report the accident and leaving the scene
  • A Change.org petition has gathered more than 500 signatures calling for the councilwoman’s resignation 

A New Jersey councilwoman was captured on street surveillance footage hitting a cyclist at an intersection in Jersey City with her SUV before speeding away without stopping. 

Amy DeGise is facing calls to resign after she drove into bicyclist Andrew Black, 29, on July 19 around 8 a.m. at the intersection of Martin Lukther King Drive and Forrest Street.  

CCTV street footage shows DeGise having the right-of-way, as her Nissan Rogue was seen driving through the intersection while the light was green, before hitting Black and sending him flying onto the hood of her car before falling to the ground. 

Right before the incident, Black had burned a red light.

The bicyclist had ran a red light at the time of the incident at the intersection of Martin Lukther King Drive and Forrest Street

DeGise had the right away as her Nissan Rogue was seen driving through the intersection while the light was green before hitting Black with the hood of her car

Jersey City Councilwoman Amy DeGise is facing calls to resign after CCTV footage shows that she hit an Uber Eats bicyclist with her SUV and driving away on July 19 at around 8 a.m. in Jersey City, New Jersey

Black was seen flying into the air and over the car before brutally hitting the ground

Black was seen flying into the air and over the car before brutally hitting the ground 

The bicyclist only sustained minor injuries (cuts) to his arms and legs after the incident. DeGise drove away without checking on him or even reporting the incident

The bicyclist only sustained minor injuries (cuts) to his arms and legs after the incident. DeGise drove away without checking on him or even reporting the incident 

DeGise, who is the daughter of Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise, did not stop to check on the cyclist after the incident and instead drove away. 

She was eventually charged with failure to report the accident and leaving the scene, according to NBC New York.

Recently elected as a council woman in November as part of Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop’s cabinet, Degise is also being earmarked as a potential mayoral candidate in 2025, should Fulop opt to not seek re-election, according to NJ.com.

DailyMail.com has contacted DeGise, who happens to also be chairwoman of the Hudson County Democrats, for comment but has yet to receive a response.

Elected as part of Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop's ticket, Amy DeGise is being considered as a possible candidate for the town's hot seat should the current incumbent not seek re-election in 2025

Elected as part of Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop’s ticket, Amy DeGise is being considered as a possible candidate for the town’s hot seat should the current incumbent not seek re-election in 2025

Andrew Black, 29, was completing a delivery from a local McDonald's restaurant when he got hit

Andrew Black, 29, was completing a delivery from a local McDonald’s restaurant when he got hit

After last week’s incident, Black told news outlets he was ‘a little shaken up’ and that he sustained minor cuts to his arms and one of his legs. 

‘Someone of prestige would fall to the point where they would ignore the law,’ Black later told HudPost, adding that he was completing a delivery from a local McDonald’s restaurant for Uber Easts at the time of the hit-and-run.

He also told CBS News that he hasn’t been able to return to work and that DeGise has yet to reach out to him to apologize or to inquire about his condition. 

Meanwhile, a petition on Change.org submitted to the Mayor of Jersey City Office has called for DeGise’s resignation. As of Thursday morning, 540 people had signed it.

‘As an at-large member of the council, Councilmember DeGise has the hefty task of representing the full city and the best interests of all its residents,’ Megan Carolan, who started the petition, wrote online. 

‘By striking and abandoning one of those residents, in a time of crisis, she has shown she cannot be trusted to put the well-being of residents first. To hit a constituent and leave them speaks to a deeply troubling level of self-preservation instinct, and one that has no place in public service,’ she added.  

One of Jersey City’s councilmembers, James Solomon, told NBC New York that he was among the signatures approving the petition’s stance. 

‘The word I use is horrified, that’s how I felt watching the video,’ Solomon told the local outlet. ‘She’s an elected official and we have to hold ourselves to a higher standard and that’s why I think she should resign.’ 

A petition on Change.org has called for DeGise, who is also chairwoman of Hudson County Democrats, to step down from her role a Councilwoman and has so far gathered more than 500 signatures

A petition on Change.org has called for DeGise, who is also chairwoman of Hudson County Democrats, to step down from her role a Councilwoman and has so far gathered more than 500 signatures

Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop was quoted by news outlets, calling DeGise’s decision to leave the scene of the crash a ‘tremendous mistake,’ although he has refused to support calls for her resignation. 

DailyMail.com has contacted his office for further comment, but has yet to receive a response. 

‘We experienced two hit and runs back in November and the people in both cases were still alive but later died because they weren’t able to get help in time,’ Jimmy Lee, President of Safe Street JC – a non-profit advocating for zero traffic fatalities in Jersey City – told NBC New York. 

‘How can we have someone making the laws breaking the laws?’ Lee added.  

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