A recently-released video shows a New Jersey City Councilwoman hitting a cyclist with her vehicle and fleeing the scene.
The incident happened on July 19 in Jersey City, New Jersey.
The video shows Democrat Councilwoman Any DeGise continuing to drive away after striking a cyclist at the intersection of Forrest Street and Martin Luther King Drive.
The cyclist, 29-year-old Andrew Black, flips over the hood of the black SUV while his shoes go flying.
According to police, the cyclist ran a red light.
Amy DeGise is now facing calls to resign after fleeing the scene of the accident.
DeGise’s spokesperson told Patch.com that she will not be resigning from her post.
“Councilwoman DeGise was elected overwhelmingly just a few months ago and she has no intention of walking away from the commitment she made to serve the people of Jersey City. She will not resign and plans to complete her full term and continue in public service,” DeGise’s spokesman, Phil Swibinski, said in a statement to Patch.com.
According to reports, Amy DeGise hit her head as she struck the cyclist and went to police hours later to report the incident.
Fox News reported:
Shocking video shows the moments a New Jersey councilwoman allegedly plowed down a bicyclist while speeding through an intersection and kept going in an apparent hit-and-run accident.
Jersey City Councilwoman Amy DeGise is accused of failing to slow or stop her car after striking the cyclist at the intersection of Forrest Street and Martin Luther King Drive last week.
The cyclist, identified as 29-year-old Andrew Black, told police he had a green light and the right of way, NJ.com reported, citing a crash report. In an interview with HudPost.com, Black reiterated that he had the right of way and said he suffered deep bruising and anxiety crossing the street after the incident.
WNBC reported that officials later said Black was mistaken, and he did not have the green light, but DeGise is still facing mounting calls to resign because she still did leave the crash scene.
“[That] someone of prestige would fall to a point where they would ignore the law they are demanding to uphold, and they are trying to clean our streets or whatever they are calling it, they can’t even do it themselves — that really upsets me,” Black told HudPost on Tuesday.
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