Paterson councilman involved in fatal pedestrian collision in Teterboro, authorities say

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TETERBORO — A 59-year-old Garfield woman was killed Monday afternoon on Route 46 in Teterboro when she was struck by a vehicle driven by Paterson Councilman Luis Velez, authorities said.

Authorities identified the victim as Fetije Lickollari. Moonachie Police Chief Richard Behrens said she was struck by a vehicle traveling east while she was attempting to cross the highway near Industrial Avenue at about 3:32 p.m.

“The lady was nowhere near the crosswalk, she ran out on a six-lane highway,” Behrens said. “As far as we can determine, this guy did nothing wrong.”

No charges have been filed against Velez, but the incident remains under investigation, authorities said.

“The driver of the vehicle remained on scene and was cooperative with investigators,” said Behrens.

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Velez, who is considering running for Paterson mayor next spring, could not be reached for comment. He has been on the council since 2016, representing the city’s 5th Ward.

The Moonachie Police Department was assisted by the Hasbrouck Heights Police Department, Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Fatal Accident Investigation Unit, the Bergen County Sheriff’s Department Bureau of Criminal Investigation, New Jersey Department of Transportation and the Little Ferry First Aid Squad.

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Steve Janoski covers law enforcement for NorthJersey.com. Email: janoski@northjersey.com

Joe Malinconico is editor of Paterson Press. Email: editor@patersonpress.com

This article originally appeared on NorthJersey.com: Paterson NJ councilman involved in fatal pedestrian collision

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