TO: ALL NEWS MEDIA
FROM: ACTING PROSECUTOR DENNIS CALO
DATE: JANUARY 24, 2018
The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office and the Moonachie Police Department are requesting information from the public regarding a hit and run collision which resulted in a pedestrian sustaining fatal injuries.
At approximately 5:50 a.m. on Friday, January 05, 2018, the Moonachie Police Department received a report of a pedestrian lying in the roadway on Route 46 East near the intersection of Industrial Avenue. Upon arriving at the scene, officers observed a deceased male victim, later identified as Brian P. Rossi, lying in the roadway. The victim’s injuries were consistent with having been struck by a motor vehicle, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Evidence at the scene indicates that the vehicle is a black Ford Focus, sedan or hatchback, model year range 2012 to 2015. The vehicle will have significant front end damage, including a broken passenger side headlight, and a broken passenger side-view mirror. The driver fled the scene traveling eastbound on Route 46, before parking in the rear of a business establishment. A Mitsubishi Lancer arrived shortly thereafter and both vehicles left together. They traveled east on Route 46, then north on Liberty Avenue towards Hackensack. Both vehicles were also seen traveling southbound on Terrace Avenue in the area of Route 17, headed towards Hasbrouck Heights. The vehicles seen in the photo below are the Mitsubishi Lancer, followed by the Ford Focus.
Anyone with information regarding these two vehicles, or any other information regarding this hit and run collision is encouraged to contact the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Fatal Accident Investigation Unit at 201-226-5698 or the Moonachie Police Department at 201-641-9100.