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Social Media Tip Leads to Arrest of Man Wanted for Deadly Hit-and-Run in Paramus


Bergen County officials announced the arrest of Mr. Michael Mascaro III, 31, of Emerson, on charges of Leaving The Scene Of A Fatal Motor Vehicle Accident and Hindering Apprehension.

Officials said approximately 6:31 a.m. on Thursday, September 3, the Paramus Police Department received a report of a pedestrian struck by a motor vehicle on Forest Avenue, south of Soldier Hill Road.

Upon arrival, officials said, officers observed a 58-year-old female lying on the edge of the roadway with serious injuries.

EMS transported the woman to Hackensack University Medical Center, where she was pronounced deceased.

Police say surveillance video recovered from the area indicated that a white 4-door Ford hatchback struck the victim.

The striking vehicle then fled the scene southbound on Forest Avenue before turning right onto westbound Oradell Avenue.

Following a tip from a concerned citizen who saw a request for information on social media, an investigation by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office and Paramus Police Department led to the identification of Mascaro Ias, the driver of the fleeing vehicle