Bergenfield New Jersey Police Investigate Alleged Hit-and-Run Accident
According to law enforcement, the 73-year-old woman was walking across South Washington Avenue, near the New Bridge Road intersection, when she was struck by a speeding vehicle.
After the accident, the suspect reportedly drove away and turned eastbound on East Englewood Avenue. According to witnesses, the vehicle’s headlights were turned off as the suspect fled the scene.
Meanwhile, the victim suffered injuries to her head, as well as her arm. After the crash, the woman was treated at the scene and then transported to Hackensack University Medical Center for additional medical treatment. She was later listed in stable condition.
Witnesses provided Bergenfield police with descriptions of the suspect’s vehicle. According to eyewitness accounts, the car was a dark-colored Nissan Altima. Police said that the car might have damage to its front passenger side as a result of the collision.
If the suspect is eventually identified and charged, they would be subject to significant penalties. That’s because N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1 classifies leaving the scene of an accident as a third degree criminal charge when the accident results in serious bodily injury. In this case, the suspect could be facing as many as 5 years in New Jersey State Prison.
The Bergenfield Police Department has asked for the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect. Anyone who has information about the accident or the suspect is asked to contact investigators at 201-387-4000.
To learn more about this case, go to the NJ.com article entitled “Woman, 73, Hurt in Bergenfield Hit-and-Run, Police Say.”