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Responders: Driver Involved In Hit-Run Pedestrian Crash Near GWB In Fort Lee Returns To Scene

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Fort Lee police Photo Credit: FLPD

UPDATE: A pickup truck driver who took off after hitting a pedestrian in Fort Lee returned to the scene, authorities said.

Richard Giacobone, a 42-year-old former Palisades Park police officer who left the department in disgrace, received a trio of summonses in connection with the Friday night rush-hour crash, records show.

A 52-year-old Fort Lee woman was in the crosswalk at a three-way stop on Fletcher Avenue near Constitution Park when Giacobone turned his 2017 Ford Raptor left off eastbound Lewis Street and hit her shortly after 5 p.m., , Capt. Ricky Mirkovic said.

Giacobone then slowed down, looked back and kept going on Fletcher Avenue toward approaches to the George Washington Bridge and several highways, witnesses told responding officers.

An alert was issued to area law enforcement agencies, Mirkovic said.

Giacobone returned, however, while police were investigating with members of the Bergen County Prosecutor's Fatal Accident Investigations Unit, the captain said.

Giacobone was known to police, having lost his job with the Palisades Park force in 2019 following a pair of drug arrests.

The Fort Lee Volunteer Ambulance Corps took Friday's victim to the hospital with moderate injuries, he said.

Giacobone, meanwhile, received summonses for failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk, careless driving and leaving the scene of a crash with injuries. He was released pending a hearing.

Mirkovic urged drivers and pedestrians alike to pay attention, to never assume the other will stop and to always obey traffic laws.

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