Liquor Store Clerk Accused of Driving Drunk, Causing Fatal Car Accident in Fort Lee, NJ
The fatal car crash went down just before 9:00 p.m. According to Bergen County officials, the 86-year-old victim was a pedestrian attempting to move across Lemoine Avenue, near Whiteman Street, in Fort Lee New Jersey when he was fatally struck by the suspect’s vehicle.
The suspect, a 22-year-old woman who lives in Ewing, NJ, was reportedly driving a 2011 Hyundai Sonata.
After the auto accident, the victim was taken to Hackensack University Medical Center. Doctors at the medical facility tried to save the victim’s life, but they were unable to do so.
The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Fatal Accident Investigation Unit and the Fort Lee Police Department conducted a joint investigation the fatal car accident and determined that the suspect was probably intoxicated while operating the motor vehicle.
The suspect has been charged with multiple crimes, including vehicular manslaughter. She has also been cited for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) and other traffic offenses, such as reckless driving and operating a vehicle with an open alcoholic beverage.
After being arrested and charged in the case, the suspect was moved to the Bergen County Jail Annex in Hackensack, NJ. She was being held at the correctional facility in lieu of a $150K bail amount.
For more information about this case, view the Patch.com article, “Woman Was Driving Drunk When She Struck and Killed Elderly Bergen Man: Prosecutor.”