YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: An 18-year-old Garfield woman who was behind the wheel of an unregistered sedan that struck and killed a pedestrian in Elmwood Park this morning was carrying marijuana but apparently wasn’t under the influence, authorities said this afternoon.
Liana Rodriguez was headed north from Garfield on River Drive in the four-door silver Nissan Altima just before 9 a.m. when it hit the man as he crossed from east to west at Garden Drive across from the Delta gas station, Police Chief Michael Foligno told CLIFFVIEW PILOT.
There’s no traffic signal at that intersection.
The victim was taken to St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
His identity was being withheld until next of kin could be properly notified, Foligno said.
Rodriguez, meanwhile, was charged with having drugs in a motor vehicle. She also received a summons for the suspended registration and was released pending a court hearing, the chief said.
Responders to the River Drive crash included the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Fatal Accident Investigation Unit, the Bergen County Sheriff’s Bureau of Criminal Identification, the Passaic County Sheriff’s Office and New Jersey State Police.
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