- Associated Press - Thursday, October 29, 2015

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) - A Jersey City police officer has been found not guilty of death by auto in an accident that left a pedestrian dead.

The Hudson County jury found Officer Michael Spolizino’s not guilty of death by auto and leaving the scene of a fatal accident on Thursday.

Spolizio was off duty when prosecutors say his vehicle struck 24-year-old Stephen Clifford on Kennedy Boulevard in 2013. Spolizino told officers that he did not see Clifford and the pedestrian “came out of nowhere.”

A witness testified that Spolizio had returned to the scene of the crash within 10 minutes.

Judge Paul DePascale on Tuesday threw out an aggravated manslaughter charge.

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