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Clifton Man Arrested for Police Officer Hit-and-Run

By landichoJ1 on
Paterson Passaic County

Passaic County authorities announced that based upon an investigation by the Paterson Police Department, in conjunction with the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office, Aaron Rosas, 32, from Clifton, was arrested this afternoon in connection to a hit and run motor vehicle accident that took place on Saturday, October 2, in the area of Mclean Boulevard (Route 20) and 4th Avenue, in the city of Paterson.

Officials say Mr. Rosas is charged with Third Degree Leaving the Scene of an Accident Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury and Third Degree Endangering an Injured Victim.

According to authorities, on October 2, at approximately 4:00 a.m., Aaron Rosas was operating a 2020 Acura MDX when he drove through a barricaded construction site on Route 20, between 4th and 5th Avenues.

In doing so, the Acura struck a Paterson Police cruiser, injuring the officer who was in the parked vehicle, officials say.

According to the investigation, Mr. Rosas continued driving until the vehicle became disabled, at which time he left the scene on foot.

The officer was transported to Saint Joseph’s Hospital for treatment for serious injuries, authorities say.

The sentencing exposure on third-degree charges is between 3 and 5 years in New Jersey State Prison.

Authorities say Mr. Rosas is currently in custody pending his first appearance at Central Judicial Processing on Sunday, October 10, 2021.

A criminal complaint is merely an accusation. Despite this accusation, defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

The Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office asks anyone with additional information about this incident to contact us on our tips line at 1-877-370-PCPO or tips@passaiccountynj.org or contact the Paterson Police Traffic Bureau at 973-321-1112.