A Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office worker may be subject to vehicular manslaughter charges for allegedly causing a fatal car crash in Hackensack, New Jersey.
The suspect is the maintenance superintendent with the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office in Hackensack, NJ. According to law enforcement officials, he was operating a pick-up truck owned by Bergen County when he struck a pedestrian.
The fatal motor vehicle accident happened during the afternoon, around lunchtime, in the area of the Hackensack Liquor Store. The victim was reportedly leaving the liquor store and trying to walk through the parking lot when the suspect crashed into him. Officials indicated that the suspect made a left turn into the store parking lot and hit the pedestrian.
The accident victim required urgent medical attention. Tragically, doctors could not save his life.
The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office, and the Hackensack Police Department worked together on the investigation into the fatal accident. However, the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office is now handling the investigation because authorities want to avoid any potential conflicts.
The manslaughter case has gotten media coverage for the police decision to not test the suspect for intoxication. A Bergen County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson initially said that testing for alcohol and drugs is standard procedure in fatal accidents, but the NJ State Police later stated that no such requirement exists.
Given that the suspect was not tested for intoxication, police did not charge him with Driving While Intoxicated (DWI). However, the suspect could still face criminal charges for vehicular manslaughter.
For further information about this case, see the NorthJersey.com article, “Prosecutor’s Office Employee Who Struck and Killed Hackensack Resident Identified.”