INVESTIGATION OF BERGENFIELD HIT AND RUN

TO: ALL NEWS MEDIA

FROM: ACTING PROSECUTOR GURBIR S. GREWAL

DATE: OCTOBER 20, 2016

The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office and the Bergenfield Police Department are requesting information from the public regarding a hit and run collision which resulted in a pedestrian sustaining serious bodily injury.

At approximately 7:13 pm on Wednesday, October 19, 2016, the Bergenfield Police Department received a report of a pedestrian who was struck by a motor vehicle near the intersection of South Prospect Avenue and West Broad Street in the Borough of Bergenfield. The striking vehicle then fled the scene of the collision. Upon arrival at the scene of the collision, officers observed a female victim lying in the roadway. The victim, who was identified as Elizabeth VELEZ, age 66, had suffered serious injuries consistent with having been struck by a motor vehicle, and was transported and admitted to Hackensack University Medical Center.

As a result of an investigation conducted by members of Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Fatal Accident Investigation Unit ("FAIU") under the direction of Officer-In-Charge, Deputy Chief Robert Anzilotti, and the Bergenfield Police Department under the direction of Chief Cathy Madalone, it was determined that at approximately 7:13 p.m., the victim was struck by a motor vehicle as the vehicle was traveling northbound on South Prospect Avenue. It appears that the vehicle stopped briefly then left the scene continuing northbound. At this time, the vehicle is believed to be a small-to mid-size, dark colored passenger vehicle that potentially sustained damage to the front and driver’s side of the vehicle.

Anyone with information regarding this hit and run collision is encouraged to contact the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Tips Line at 201-226-5532 or the Bergenfield Police Department at 201-387-4000.

The investigation into the cause of the collision is ongoing. Acting Prosecutor Grewal would like to thank the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance in this investigation.

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