Jersey City councilwoman pleads guilty in hit-and-run case, avoids jail time

A Jersey City councilwoman faced a judge Tuesday, on charges that she hit a bicyclist with her SUV and kept going.

Standing before Judge Chandra Cole, Jersey City Councilwoman Amy DeGise pled guilty as her attorney walked her through what she did July 19 of last year, when she was caught by traffic cameras hitting a man on a bike and not stopping.

DeGise had been charged with failure to report an accident and leaving the scene of an accident involving injuries.

The victim, Andrew Black, suffered an ankle injury when DeGise’s black Nissan Rogue struck him in the intersection of Forrest Street and MLK Drive. She had the green light.

The case was transferred from Hudson County Courts to avoid any possible conflict. A plea deal was made and DeGise will not face any jail time, but she loses her license for a year and must pay a $5,000 fine.

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