Pedestrian Struck in Fort Lee, NJ

Second Incident Near Whiteman Plaza Shopping Center in 3 Months

Crime scene where woman was struck in Fort Lee, NJ today (c) Benepe

A pedestrian was struck in a parking lot in Fort Lee, NJ today at about 12:30 pm.

The driver was backing up out of his space when he struck the woman, sending her to the ground. He ran screaming for help at the local stores in the Whiteman Plaza Shopping Center, which includes a Starbucks and a Boston Market, according to a witness.

The pedestrian whose identity has not yet been identified had blood coming from her mouth, said the witness. At the time of this report, neither her identity nor her condition had been released by Fort Lee Police.

When CI came on the scene, the accident investigation squad was setting up police tape to secure the area. The woman’s belongings, including a bag and a hat, were lying on the ground.

The location, two blocks south of Main Street on Lemoine Ave., was the site of another crash on February 27 of this year.

In that incident, Helen Norton, 63, was crossing the street right outside of the same strip mall, when she was struck and killed by a 2010 Mercedes Benz driven by 66-year-old Joseph A. Dellaquila of Englewood Cliffs at about 6:15 p.m.

In that incident the driver was not charged, “She was wearing dark clothing,” said Capt. Roy Bortolus of the Fort Lee Police Department, who explained that

Helen Norton was killed on Lemoine Ave. across from same mall on Feb. 27 2012

Dellaquila was not charged because the victim “may have been crossing against the light,” reported the Fort Lee Patch.

Officers on the scene said that the driver in today’s incident who has not yet been identified was “fully cooperating” with the investigation.

Many onlookers gathered, some waiting for the area to be cleared, as their cars were stuck behind police lines.

“What happened here?” said one man who walked up to see all the police and emergency vehicles. ” A woman was struck by a motorist,” came the answer. “Again?” he said, his voice incredulous.

The conversation turned to the incident in February, and onlookers noted that drivers on Lemoine Avenue routinely drive well in excess of the speed limit, often traveling at 50 mph in the 25 mph zone.