TO: ALL NEWS MEDIA
FROM: ACTING PROSECUTOR DENNIS CALO
DATE: SEPTEMBER 19, 2018
Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Dennis Calo announced the arrest of PAUL FRISCHER (DOB: 10/14/1958; married; and employed as a building superintendent) of 800 Phelps Road, Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, on multiple charges including Leaving The Scene Of A Fatal Accident and Endangering An Injured Victim. The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Robert Anzilotti and the Garfield Police Department under the direction of Chief Raymond Kovach.
At approximately 7:06 p.m. on Monday, September 17, 2018, the Garfield Police Department received a report of a pedestrian struck by a hit and run vehicle in front of 465 MacArthur Avenue. Upon arrival at the scene, officers observed a male victim lying in the roadway with serious injuries. The victim was treated at the scene and transported to Hackensack University Medical Center, where he later died as a result of his injuries during the early morning hours of Wednesday, September 19, 2018.
As a result of the investigation, it was determined that the involved vehicle, a 1999 Chevy Suburban, was owned and operated by Paul FRISCHER. FRISCHER was arrested and charged with one count of Leaving The Scene Of An Accident Resulting In Death, N.J.S.A. 2C:11-5.1, a crime of the 2nd degree; and one count of Endangering An Injured Victim, N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1.2A, a crime of the 3rd degree. FRISCHER was also charged with Leaving The Scene Of A Motor Vehicle Crash in violation of N.J.S.A. 39:4-129 and Failure To Report A Motor Vehicle Crash in violation of N.J.S.A. 39:4-130. FRISHER was arrested and remanded to the Bergen County Jail, pending a first appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court on Thursday September 20, 2018 at 9:00 am.
Acting Prosecutor Calo states that the charges are merely accusations and that the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, and would also like to thank the Garfield Police Department for their assistance in this investigation.