A Jersey City teen charged the killing a deaf man standing at a bus stop while fleeing police in a stolen vehicle was released from a juvenile facility less than three weeks before the Jan. 23 incident that began with a police pursuit.

JERSEY CITY — A Jersey City teen charged with fatally striking a deaf man while fleeing police in a stolen vehicle had been released from a juvenile detention center less than three weeks before the Jan. 23 tragedy.

Oriental J. Hamlet, 19 — who police say crashed through the bus stop at Communipaw Avenue and Kennedy Boulevard where Umar King, 33, was waiting for a bus at 4:30 a.m. that day — was ordered detained through his prosecution today at a detention hearing.

King, a FedEx employee, a father and a volunteer sign language teacher in Jersey City, was thrown more than 100 feet by the impact, officials said.

As a juvenile, Hamlet was adjudicated delinquent on the charges of aggravated assault and possession of a firearm by a minor, Seborowski said.

A violation of the conditions of his probation in the case landed him back in a juvenile residential facility, but he was released less than three weeks before the fatal crash, Hudson County Assistant Prosecutor Lynne Seborowski said.

Hamlet has a simple assault charged pending in Union County and failed to appear for a court hearing in that matter, officials said in court today.

Hudson County Superior Court Judge Paul DePascale ordered Hamlet detained through the course of his prosecution. The judge agreed with Seborowski that Hamlet is a risk of failing to appear for hearings in his prosecution, a danger to the community and a risk of obstructing his prosecution with regard to witnesses.

On the morning of the fatal crash, a sheriff’s officer spotted Hamlet driving 70 miles per hour and running red lights on Kennedy Boulevard. The officer turned on his lights and siren and pulled over the SUV driven by Hamlet, but the defendant hit the gas and took off again, Seborowski said.

Eight blocks later Hamlet ran the red light at Communipaw, smashing into the rear end of another vehicle. Hamilton’s vehicle then “barreled through the bus stop where the victim was standing,” Seborowski said.

Although Hamlet and the 17-year-old got away, a 16-year-old passenger was chased and caught by police. Hamlet, who is charged with aggravated manslaughter, death by …read more

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Teen charged in fatal crash was released from juvenile detention 3 weeks earlier

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