By: Najla Alexander
Authorities in Bergen County announced the arrest of Naser Abu Ali, 20, of Philadelphia, PA, on charges of leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident resulting in serious bodily injury and endangering an injured victim.
Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella said the charges are the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Jason Love and the Ridgefield Park Police Department under the direction of Chief Joseph Rella.
According to officials, on Sunday, September 24, 2023, at approximately 10:10 p.m., the Ridgefield Park Police Department responded to a report of a hit-and-run crash involving a pedestrian.
Officials stated which occurred at the intersection of Ridgefield Avenue and Winant Avenue in Ridgefield Park.
Authorities say the pedestrian, 67-year-old Elizabeth Crum of Ridgefield Park, was transported to The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, where she was treated for serious bodily injuries sustained during the collision.
Officials said an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and the Ridgefield Park Police Department revealed that a 2014 Ford Transit van operated by Naser Abu Ali struck the victim as she crossed Winant Avenue.
This severely injured her, and Ali subsequently fled the area before police arrival, officials say.
As a result of the investigation, officials stated on November 6, 2023, Naser Abu Ali was arrested and charged with third-degree leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident resulting in serious bodily injury and third-degree endangering an injured victim.
Ali was remanded to the Bergen County Jail pending a first appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensack, officials say.