Arrest Made in Paterson Hit-and-Run

A 22-year-old Hawthorne woman accused of striking an elderly man with her vehicle and leaving the scene has been taken into custody, according to the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office.

According to authorities, on Jan. 19th at approximately 10:30 a.m. police responded to the intersection of 21st Avenue and Lewis Street for a report of a pedestrian strike.

Upon arrival, police found the 78-year-old victim lying in the road suffering severe injuries. EMS rushed the victim to St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center, where he remains in critical condition.

An investigation later determined that as the victim attempted to cross the road, he was struck by a vehicle driven by Alexzandrea Pleasant. Police said Pleasant got out of the car checked the condition of the victim, got back in, and left the scene.

Authorities charged Alexzandrea with third-degree leaving the scene of an accident resulting in serious bodily injury, and fourth-degree driving while suspended and causing severe injury to another.

A judge ordered her held at the Passaic County Jail pending a court appearance scheduled for Jan. 29th.