Kearny Police Arrest East Orange Driver for Running Over Two Postal Employees in Parking Lot
According to on February 24, at approximately 11:57 am, Kearny Police officers responded to the U.S. Postal Service, Dominick V. Daniels Processing and Distribution Center, at 850 Newark Turnpike, on a 911 call reporting that a driver had just run over two people in the parking lot with a car.
Responding officers found a 25-year-old woman and a 26-year-old woman – postal service employees – injured but conscious in the parking lot. The victims reported that a third postal employee hit them with her car following a dispute. One of the victims was run over by the car and the other employee reported being hit by the vehicle and knocked down.
The driver fled the scene in her vehicle before police arrival police said.
Police say both victims were transported to University Hospital, Newark, by EMS.
As of the time of this release, one of the victims has been discharged. The hospital status of the second victim is not yet available according to police.
Kearny Police and U. S. Postal Inspectors began an investigation and at approximately 3:30 pm the same date, the suspect, Lashanda Johnson, 27, of East Orange, was located in East Orange.
Police charged Johnson with Aggravated Assault, Possession of a Weapon for Unlawful Purpose (vehicle), Unlawful Possession of a Weapon (vehicle), Leaving the Scene of a Motor Vehicle Accident Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury and several traffic violations.
Police say Ms. Johnson remains in the custody of U.S. Postal Inspectors.
Chief George King credits the U.S. Postal Inspection Service for working cooperatively with the Kearny Police Department to quickly bring closure to this investigation.