FAIR LAWN, NJ - The Fair Lawn man hit by a car as he walked his dog yesterday remains in critical condition in intensive care, according to police.
Police said the incident, which happened just under 24 hours ago, is still under investigation, although "no criminal charges are expected."
The tragedy was mitigated by an unlikely hero, a doggy named Mr. Wrinkles.
Yesterday, Oct. 30 at approximately 6:30 p.m., a 64-year-old man from Fair Lawn was struck by a 2006 Ford Escape on Berdan Avenue at Sunnyside Drive, according to police. The vehicle, driven by a 61-year-old man also of Fair Lawn, was traveling east on Berdan Avenue when it struck the man walking his dog, an American bulldog named Mr. Wrinkles which was not hurt in the crash.
The man walking his dog was transported by Fair Lawn Volunteer Ambulance to St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Paterson with head and leg injuries, police said.
The driver was transported by Fair Lawn Volunteer Ambulance to Hackensack University Medical Center with chest and arm injuries, police said. One passenger, a 60-year-old female from Fair Lawn, was uninjured.
Police captured Mr. Wrinkles near the scene just after the crash. Police said the victim had no identification on his person and that's when Mr. Wrinkles became an asset.
The dog led detectives to the dog-owner's residence, approximately five blocks from where the crash occurred, police said.
Police closed Sunnyside Drive between Berdan Avenue and Sumner Place last night to work through their investigation.