Attorney General’s Office Investigating Fatal Accident in which Police Vehicle Struck Pedestrian in Clifton

For Immediate Release: October 23, 2020

Office of The Attorney General
– Gurbir S. Grewal, Attorney General
Office of Public Integrity and Accountability
– Thomas J. Eicher, Director

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CLIFTON – The Attorney General’s Office is conducting an investigation of a fatal motor vehicle accident last evening in Clifton, N.J., in which a police vehicle struck and killed a pedestrian.

According to the preliminary investigation, at approximately 7:11 p.m., an officer of the Clifton Police Department was responding to a radio alert of a crime in progress with the emergency lights on his patrol vehicle activated when he was involved in an accident at the intersection of Allwood Road and Brookwood Road in which he struck a female pedestrian.

The officer rendered medical aid to the woman, and emergency medical personnel transported her to St. Joseph’s University Medical Center in Paterson, where she was pronounced deceased at 7:42 p.m.

The identity of the decedent is not being released at this time. The identity of the officer is not being released at this time, but will be released pursuant to N.J.S.A. 47:1A-3(b).

The investigation is being conducted by the Attorney General’s Office, pursuant to a law enacted in January 2019, P.L.2019, c.1, which requires that the Attorney General’s Office conduct investigations of a person’s death that occurs during an encounter with a law enforcement officer acting in the officer’s official capacity or while the decedent is in custody.

The investigation is ongoing and no further information is being released at this time.

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