Police in Leonia New Jersey apprehended a Fort Lee NJ man accused of crashed his SUV into a wheelchair-bound man and then leaving the scene of the accident.
According to law enforcement officials, the suspect slammed into the victim as the victim was trying to walk across the road at the intersection of Leonia Avenue and Fort Lee Road in Leonia, NJ. The suspect is said to have been driving the SUV eastbound on Fort Lee Road.
When the car made contact with the victim, the victim was thrown roughly 20 feet and landed on the pavement.
The suspect then allegedly left the scene of the accident without bothering to check on the victim or even dialing 911 to alert law enforcement to the car accident.
The victim is a 78-year-old man who lives in Fort Lee, New Jersey. He sustained significant injuries in the auto accident, including several broken bones and lacerations.
Leonia Police Department detectives investigated the car accident and got video footage that reportedly shows the suspect operating a maroon-colored 2016 Buick Encore that has front-end damage. Leonia New Jersey cops later located and arrested the 53-year-old suspect and placed him under arrest.
According to authorities, the suspect spoke with police and admitted to being the driver of the car that struck the pedestrian. The suspect also allegedly admitted to leaving the scene of the car accident.
The suspect faces criminal charges for leaving the scene of an accident resulting in serious bodily injury, as well as traffic citations for reckless driving and failure to stop for a pedestrian.
For additional information about this case, check out the NJ.com article, “Leonia Police Make Arrest in Hit-and-Run of Wheelchair-Bound Man.”