A pizza deliveryman was shot as he drove to drop off a pizza, then crashed his car into a tree before being found dead in the car, police said.
Dervy Almonte-Moore, 27, was shot in his black Toyota Camry shortly after 2 a.m. near 582 Paulison Ave. in Clifton, police and prosecutors said.
Almonte-Moore crashed his car a short distance away on Paulson Avenue in Passaic, near a ShopRite store, according to police and prosecutors. It appeared a shopping cart had been smashed between the car and tree.
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A pair of sneakers was visible outside the car.
The Elmwood Park resident was pronounced dead at St. Joseph's University Medical Center in Paterson at 2:48 a.m.
He was making a delivery for Jumbo's Pizza in Wallington, where he worked as a delivery driver, prosecutors said.
"Everyone's in shock, because we don't know what happened to him," said friend Adrianna de Jesus.
"He was just a generous guy. To me, to my son, he was always nice to us," she said.
"It's just sad. He didn't deserve any of that. He was a nice guy, and I hope they find justice for him."
Numerous officers from the Clifton Police Department and Passaic County Sheriff's Department were investigating hours later, taking photos of the scene and laying down evidence markers.
The shooting is under investigation.