The 36-year-old suspect, who is from Closter NJ, reportedly struck a female pedestrian who was attempting to cross Hudson Terrace in Fort Lee, New Jersey. The suspect was allegedly driving a black 1998 Toyota Camry at the time of the accident.
Immediately after the crash, the suspect allegedly fled the scene in his vehicle.
The victim sustained serious injuries to both her head and her leg as a result of the accident.
When Fort Lee NJ police officers got to the scene, they saw the victim “lying in the area of the driveway apron of the Northbridge Park Co-Op building on Hudson Terrace.” The suspect was rushed to Hackensack University Medical Center, where she got medical treatment for her injuries.
Among the departments investigating the crash were the Fort Lee Police Department and the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Fatal Accident Investigation Unit. Investigators were able to determine the color and model of the suspect’s car by obtained surveillance camera footage from the accident scene. Additionally, the Closter Police Department forwarded information about the suspect’s car.
Once police had enough information, they arrested the suspect.
If the suspect is eventually convicted of leaving the scene of an accident, he could be subject to severe penalties. That’s because N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1.1 classifies leaving the scene of an accident as a third degree crime when it results in serious bodily injury to another person. A conviction for a third degree felony could lead to the suspect being sentenced to 3-5 years in New Jersey State Prison.
After being placed under arrest and processed, the suspect was taken to the Bergen County Jail in Hackensack, NJ. He is being held at the correctional facility on a $50,000 bail amount.
To learn more about this case, go to the TeaneckPatch.com article entitled “Man Arrested in Connection with Bergen County Hit-and-Run.”