New York Man Suffers Serious Head Injuries in River Road Strike

A Monroe, N.Y. man was struck by a vehicle Saturday just before 4 p.m. while crossing River Road at Hopper Avenue.

Update: Pedestrian Struck on River Road Succumbs to Injuries

A New York man was rushed to the hospital Saturday with serious head and leg injuries after being struck by a car while crossing River Road at Hopper Avenue, police said.

Igors Cernenoks, 49, of Monroe, N.Y., was crossing westbound on River Road just before 4 p.m. when he was hit by a northbound vehicle driven by 46-year-old Fair Lawn resident Staci Callea, Lt. Bob Kneer said.

Cernenoks was about halfway across the street and in the crosswalk when he was hit, Kneer said. Surveillance footage shows the collision's impact threw him all the way back to the eastside curb.

“As he was walking, the tape shows that he gets struck — he really had no warning — and he flew back on the curb by B&B Liquors," Kneer said.

Cernenoks suffered traumatic head and leg injuries and was unconscious at the scene, Kneer said. He was rushed to St Joseph's Regional Medical Center in Paterson, where he underwent emergency surgery. Police have yet to hear from the hospital on Cernenoks' condition since he entered surgery, Kneer said.

Callea, a Radburn resident whose 15-year-old daughter was in the car with her, was issued two summonses: one for careless driving and one for failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk. Her gray 2009 Toyota Yaris sustained major damage to the windshield and hood, Kneer said. Neither alcohol nor road conditions were factors in the accident and it was unclear whether Callea had been distracted, he said.

Fair Lawn police, county police, the Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the county prosecutor's office's Fatal Accident Investigation Unit all responded to the scene.

The roads in the vicinity of the accident remained closed for about three hours, Kneer said.


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Zak Koeske March 18, 2013 at 07:17 PM
The man who was struck on Saturday has succumbed to his injuries, police said. Here's the updated story: http://fairlawn-saddlebrook.patch.com/articles/pedestrian-struck-on-river-road-succumbs-to-injuries
reallyChris? March 18, 2013 at 07:17 PM
Hey BergenBot are you serious? Blaming the PD for catching drug dealers or thief's?!? The true blame goes to the Governing Body that laid off cops and forced the downsizing of the Dept. I understand there used to be a Dare program and Used to be a Traffic Unit....The problem is LESS cops = more problems.
Chris March 18, 2013 at 09:26 PM
First let me say that my heart goes out to the family that has now lost their son, brother, Uncle. Now, back to your simple mind. To a person with common sense – “out of town driver” usually refers to someone who does not live within the limits of the city or town being discussed. You’ve clearly shown your lack of common sense by making a moronic statement. Sadly, even the man who was hit and has since lost his life was from out of town. Maybe your focus should be more on the sadness of the story and condolences to the family instead of picking apart what people say. This will be my last comment back to you – not that you actually deserved a reply to begin with…
Igors Friend March 19, 2013 at 06:55 PM
Igor was a wonderful, kind and strong man. A true gem and amazing person. He left behind a wife of about five years and they recently celebrated their 10th anniversary together. Both have children from previous relationships. They are immigrants from Latvia and they both were US citizens. She cleans 2 houses a day 5 days a week. Igor painted houses and took such pride in his work. They were in the prime of their life enjoying a young grandchild. They live a humble but happy life. This is tragic. Please pray for her family. She is devastated and went back to work today already to keep her mind of the tragedy.
Anna March 23, 2013 at 12:33 PM
New York City has recently taken the word "Accident" out from their investigation unit and now calls it "Collision". These are not accidents but careless and reckless driving by drivers. She should be charged with a felony. That's the only way this kind of thing will stoop. My mother was killed 11 years ago in a similar fashion: hit by a driver while in the crosswalk, and didn't last 7 hours. The driver was charged with reckless endangerment, criminally negligent homicide and manslaugther. On top of which the vehicle wasn't fit to be driven. Only tough action by law enforcement will stop this.


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