VERONA, NJ - According to police reports,Verona police responded to two incidents where pedetrians were struck by motor vehicles last week.
On Monday at around 6:42 PM, Officer Steve Young responded to a motor vehicle accident on Bloomfield Avenue where a pedestrian was struck with the mirror of a passing vehicle, resulting in an arm injury. The vehicle then left the scene.
Police recovered the passenger side mirror housing at the scene and investigation revealed that it was possibly from a Ford or Lincoln model vehicle that matched the description of the vehicle given by the pedestrian. Det Tim Banta viewed video footage from several locations along Bloomfield Avenue, and was able to determine a description of the vehicle and driver.
Further investigation revealed a previous incident with the same type of vehicle. Detectives responded to the home of the registered owner of the other incident and located the vehicle in the driveway. Police observed damage to the passenger side mirror and a new mirror was observed lying on the side of the house. The officers left the area as no one answered the door when they knocked. A short time later the homeowner contacted police headquarters to inquire why the police were at his house. The homeowner was asked to bring the operator of the vehicle to police headquarters to discuss the motor vehicle accident. The vehicle operator came to headquarters and gave a statement as to what occurred with the accident. The operator Dominick Zingale Jr of North Caldwell was issued several motor vehicle summonses as well as a criminal complaint for assault by auto and was transported to the Essex County Jail in Newark.
The second incident occurred on Friday at around 10:36 PM when Officers Alyssa Kirby, Chris Scheper and Sgt. John Lecreux responded to a report of a pedestrian struck in the area of Grove Avenue and Bloomfield Avenue. The officers located the pedestrian, vehicle operator and a witness on Grove Avenue.
Officers provided medical assistance to the pedestrian who had a head injury. Officer Scheper began to gather information from the operator and while doing so detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the operator. The operator was asked to perform several field sobriety tests. After completing the tests the operator, Edwin Torres of Verona was placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters. After processing, Torres was issued several summonses and was released to a family member. He was also issued a criminal complaint for assault by auto.