WEST ORANGE, NJ — A 70-year-old West Orange man, identified by Cedar Grove police as Leonard Slater, faces charges of driving while suspended, driving without a license (due to its suspension), driving an unregistered/uninsured motor vehicle and failure to exhibit proof of insurance after striking a 49-year-old pedestrian as she attempted to cross a Cedar Grove highway last week.

The victim, identified as a Verona resident, was sent to St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Paterson with serious injuries to her leg and head, according to Cedar Grove police.

As the investigation continues, Cedar Grove Police Chief Joseph Cirasa noted on Tuesday that the victim was not in a crosswalk when she was struck on Route 23 in the area of Pilgrim Diner at approximately 6 p.m. on Wednesday.

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“Nothing is finalized, but the traffic officer said the contributing circumstances are that she was crossing in the middle of the roadway, not at a signalized intersection, it was night and she was wearing dark clothing,” said Cirasa. “Speed was not a factor.”  

According to police, Slater was arrested, processed and released with a summons to appear in municipal court. It was also noted that the pedestrian’s injuries, while severe, are not life threatening.

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