Arrest made in deadly Jersey City hit and run

John Dineen

July 15, 2010 3:14:25 PM PDT
Jermaine Forrester made it from Guyana to Barbados to America, steadily building on his dream to become a music sensation.

Forrester's dreams ended early Thursday morning along Route 139 in Jersey City, when he was hit by an SUV while crossing the four-lane highway with a friend.

Police say the driver sped off with other witnesses trying to chase down the Black Toyota Land Cruiser.

"They followed him for several blocks, but he was going so fast. They couldn't keep up," Dep. Chief Peter Nalbach said.

The driver escaped while a young may lie dying in the street. Jermaine's loved ones in Queens are heart-broken.

Within 30 minutes of police issuing a bulletin for the Land Cruiser, 23-year old John Dineen of Harrington Park was stopped by a River Vale cop.

"He was speeding. (The officer) noticed the front end damage, broken light," Nalbach said.

Dineen was charged with death by auto, endangering an injured victim, driving while intoxicated and refusing to submit to a Breathalyzer test.

Police say Dineen talked a lot, even implicating himself.

"He said he was getting sick. That he didn't realize he killed the guy," Nalbach said,

Forrester's social network pages speak of him opening for stars like Busta Rhymes, Sean Paul, and Ashanti. All now over, police say, because of a drunk driver.