Fort Lee Man Allegedly Crashed SUV into Wheelchair-Bound Man in Leonia NJ, Left Scene of Accident
Leonia New Jersey police captured a Fort Lee man who has been accused of losing control of his SUV and crashing the vehicle into a wheelchair-bound man. Afterwards, the suspect allegedly continued driving and left the scene of the accident.
The motor vehicle accident occurred at the intersection of Leonia Avenue and Fort Lee Road in Leonia, NJ. According to Bergen County prosecutors, the suspect slammed into the victim as the victim was in the process of walking across the road. The suspect was reportedly traveling eastbound on Fort Lee Road and struck the victim, causing the victim to be thrown 20 feet in the air.
The victim, a 78-year-old male from Fort Lee, New Jersey, suffered serious injuries in the pedestrian accident. He was taken to a local hospital, where doctors treated him for broken bones and multiple lacerations.
Leonia NJ detectives investigated the auto accident and were able to obtain video footage that reportedly shows the suspect behind the wheel of a maroon-colored 2016 Buick Encore with front-end damage. Police used the surveillance images to identify the suspect as a 53-year-old man from Fort Lee, New Jersey.
Police later arrested the suspect, with the suspect allegedly admitting to being the driver of the vehicle involved in the pedestrian accident.
The suspect has been charged with a crime for allegedly leaving the scene of an accident that resulted in serious bodily injury. He was also cited for multiple traffic offenses, including reckless driving and failing to stop for a pedestrian.
To learn more about this case, view the NJ.com article, “Leonia Police Make Arrest in Hit-and-Run of Wheelchair-Bound Man.”