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Driver Flees Scene After Striking Elderly Pedestrian

A man driving a green SUV struck an elderly woman walking down Fair Lawn Avenue Thursday morning and then sped off westbound, police said.

An elderly Fair Lawn woman was struck by a hit-and-run driver Thursday while walking down Fair Lawn Avenue near the intersection of Chandler Drive, police said.

The driver, described by witnesses as a middle-aged white male, allegedly struck the woman with the left side of his green 2001 Toyota wagon while attempting to exit the strip mall located at the corner of Fair Lawn and Chandler, then sped off westbound down Fair Lawn Avenue.

A witness at the scene told police that after hitting the woman the driver stopped, looked back and appeared to observe the victim on the ground waving her arm, and then proceeded to drive away.

Police and Ambulance Corps members tended to the woman on the sidewalk in front of the strip mall for about 20 minutes before strapping her to a gurney and moving her into a waiting ambulance bound for Valley Hospital. She was conscious the entire time and complained of leg and hip injuries, police said. 

With the help of a witness who spotted the car's license plate as it was pulling out of the parking lot, police have traced the vehicle to an individual out of Hillside.

Fair Lawn police have contacted police in Hillside to inform them of the incident and request that the vehicle's owner return to Fair Lawn for questioning. For now the case is still under investigation and police have yet to release the name of the vehicle owner.


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jp1 January 31, 2013 at 07:45 PM
Why make a request, the person should be arrested no questions asked.
apalooza design January 31, 2013 at 09:26 PM
Why make a request? The reason I can think of would be because the owner is not necessarily the driver.
Dan January 31, 2013 at 09:41 PM
That part of Fair LAwn avenue is very unfriendly to pedestrians. The traffic lights favor the cars heavily. Yet there are a lot of people walking to and from the train station. I am surprised there aren't more accidents.
Patricia Scerbo January 31, 2013 at 10:48 PM
I am a hopefully temporarily disabled person with a cane who can drive. I'm young enought to remember the gingerly walk you had to make across streets and intersections, but now I do not even feel safe in the CVS parking lot on Broadway. Some unthinking people use it as a drivethru and quite often I feel the wind of the car at my ankles. I want this looked into. Also, the other day at the grocery store in Rochelle Park I was putting away my change and another person tryed to push her grocery cart into me to hurry up. Not to mention the spritely young mothers and their grammar school children who are not even keeping up with mom, when I'm trying to walk into the store. All this makes me feel especially downtrodden while a positive good mood would speed my recovery. Instead of the self confidence and respect we need to feel as we have always done for others this is the modern way we are being treated. I had to move out of the way for someone's shopping cart in the aisle to; I had the right of way. God bless that poor elderly woman and may something dramatically righting the situation be done. concerned FL resident
jp2 February 01, 2013 at 12:28 AM
@jp1..what happens when the vehicle was borrowed or stolen and it turns out the owner was arrested " no questions asked".. go back to your coloring book
Ezra P. February 01, 2013 at 12:00 PM
Have you ever heard of innocent until proven guilty? Do you have proof that the owner of the car was the one driving it? Do you have proof that they have the correct license plate? If someone accused you of this crime - would you would want due diligence of the police or have them come in, arrest you and then ask questions later? That said, I am sure the police will inspect the car for damages consistent with hitting this woman. They will probably want the witness to confirm the person they saw is the owner, etc. This is why the police are investigating and cannot just go in there and make an arrest...
Chris Antonelli February 01, 2013 at 04:18 PM
Maybe to see if the car was stolen?
Me February 01, 2013 at 08:29 PM
Are you the Evil jp1? Do you wear a goatee, a la Star Trek and Evil Spock? Just curious.
Patricia Scerbo February 01, 2013 at 10:47 PM
I am in awe that there are not more conventions like delayed lights for the elderly. Electronics and medicine are economically if not conveniently forging ahead. I can remember when we could walk up Berdan Avenue from Memorial Park to River Road for Pizza at Kay's on a Friday dark night; I can remember when we could go at 5years old and 7years old to swimming lessons by ourself or to the fireworks. Go to the library by ourself in 9th grade. I know I'm sticking my neck out but how about less mothers against drunk driving and let's deal with reality. This town is no longer safe for anyone while a mother drives her SUV from 29th Street to Warren Point School until what age. Parks in the lane next to the light so cars coming from 30th Street and cars coming from Rte 4 could have a head on collision. You need driving and parking lessons. That should be a part of this driver's community service.


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