HAWTHORNE, NJ - Acting Prosecutor Dennis Calo of the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office released a statement today regarding an update to the hit and run which took place on Lincoln Avenue on March 5, 2019.
The statement said the victim, Biagio Lembo, a 65 year old man from Hawthorne, was struck by a black SUV headed northbound on Lincoln Avenue while crossing the street. The vehicle left the scene. When the police arrived, they found Lembo greviously injured and laying in the road. The Glen Rock Police Department and Bergen County Prosecutor's Office put out a message to area police to help find the vehicle which struck him. It was not long before Marina M. Lee, also a 65 year old resident of Hawthorne, was found. She was located in the SUV in the Burger King parking lot at 55 Godwin Avenue. Lembo, meanwhile, had been transported to St. Joseph's Medical Center in Paterson.
Lee was arrested and initially charged with "Leaving The Scene Of A Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision, Endangering An Injured Victim, and Hindering Apprehension."
However, on Wednesday, March 13, Lembo died. As a result, on March 15, Lee was further charged with "Leaving The Scene Of A Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:11-5.1, a crime of the 2nd degree; one count of Endangering An Injured Victim, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1.2(a), a crime of the 3rd degree; and one count of Hindering Apprehension, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:29- 3b, a crime of the 3rd degree." Lee is being held at the Bergen County Jail, awaiting an appearance at the Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensack.
In the statement, Calo thanked the Glen Rock, Hawthorne, and Midland Park Police Departments for their assistance.
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