Woman Charged with Vehicular Homicide, DWI after Fatal Car Crash in Fort Lee, NJ
Police in Fort Lee NJ are investigating a possible drunk driving accident that resulted in the death of an elderly man.
The fatal car crash occurred around 8:48 p.m. According to Bergen County prosecutors, the 86-year-old victim was attempting to walk across Lemoine Avenue, near Whiteman Street, in Fort Lee NJ when the suspect’s vehicle struck him.
The suspect, a 22-year-old woman, was reportedly behind the wheel of a 2011 Hyundai Sonata when she slammed into the victim.
After the auto accident, the victim was rushed to Hackensack University Medical Center. Tragically, doctors at the hospital were unable to save the victim; he was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.
Meanwhile, Fort Lee police officers and members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Fatal Accident Investigation Unit conducted a joint investigation into the car accident. Investigators soon determined that the suspect was likely intoxicated at the time of the motor vehicle crash.
The suspect was subsequently arrested and charged with multiple crimes, including vehicular homicide. She was also cited for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) and other traffic violations that include reckless driving and operating a motor vehicle with an open alcoholic beverage.
After being placed under arrest and processed, the suspect was taken to the Bergen County Jail Annex in Hackensack, New Jersey. She was initially being held at the facility on a $150K bail amount.
It is believed that the suspect is employed as a liquor store clerk in Ewing, New Jersey.
For further information about this case, check out the Patch.com article, “Woman Was Driving Drunk When She Struck and Killed Elderly Bergen Man: Prosecutor.”