UPDATE: Dog Leads Police to Home of Unidentified 64-Year-Old Pedestrian Killed by Car in Fair Lawn
Police in Bergen County are investigating a pedestrian strike that killed a man in Fair Lawn on Wednesday evening.
According to a statement released by authorities, at 6:33 pm, Fair Lawn Police responded to a 911 call of a pedestrian struck by a motor vehicle on Berdan Avenue at Sunnyside Drive.
Officials say upon arrival, officers found a 2006 Ford Escape that was traveling east on Berdan Avenue and had stopped after striking a 64-year-old male from Fair Lawn that was crossing Berdan Avenue in the crosswalk with his dog.
Police say the dog was not struck by the car.
Fair Lawn Volunteer Ambulance rushed the victim to St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Paterson, suffering severe head and leg injuries.
According to police, the operator of the car, a 61-year-old male from Fair Lawn, was transported by Fair Lawn Volunteer Ambulance to Hackensack University Medical Center with chest & arm injuries.
Police say a 60-year-old female passenger from Fair Lawn, was uninjured.
According to police, the dog, an American bulldog named ‘Mr. Wrinkles’ was captured by Fair Lawn Police nearby. With the victim having no identification on him, the dog led detectives to his residence approximately five blocks from where the crash occurred so that his family could be informed.
"At this time, Berdan Avenue is closed between Scribner Road and Sampson Road. Sunnyside Drive is closed between Berdan Avenue & Sumner Place. The area should be expected to be closed through the night," according to police.
Police say the crash is currently under investigation.
If there are questions in reference to the above news release, media personnel can contact Sgt. Brian Metzler at the Fair Lawn Police Department at (201) 794-5365 or by e-mail at email@example.com