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Pedestrian Remains in Critical Care After SUV Strike

Woman was rushed to St. Joseph's Hospital in Paterson Sunday afternoon after she was struck by an SUV on Ackerman and Doremus in Ridgewood.

A woman remains in critical condition at St. Joseph's Hospital in Paterson after she was struck by an SUV Sunday afternoon in Ridgewood.

The victim, whose identity has not been released, was walking in the crosswalk at Doremus and Ackerman Avenue Sunday at around 3 p.m. when an SUV apparently made a left-hand turn onto Doremus and struck the victim, said Chief John Ward Monday morning.

The victim sustained serious head trauma and was rushed to St. Joseph's Hospital by medical personnel. The victim, who was conscious when police arrived on scene, was visiting family on Sunday, Ward told Patch. 

"It's a horrible tragedy," Ward told Patch Monday morning. "We're praying for her and our hearts go out to her family."

Sunday's accident is the fifth in 2012. None of the prior pedestrian-involved motor vehicle accidents this year required the victim be transported to the hospital, according to data from the police department.

"With the exception of this one, the severity of injuries in pedestrian accidents has been a lot lessened," Ward said. "Obviously this one is very serious."

The driver of the late model Infiniti SUV, also not from Ridgewood, was taken to police custody. He was released Sunday night but police have not released further details of his identity nor a full account of what happened.

Detectives from the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office Fatal Accident Investigations Unit (FAIU) are still finalizing the report, Ward said.

"When the report is finalized, we'll be able to provide more information," he said.

This report was last updated at 1:20 p.m. Monday. Check back for updates as information is made available.

limabean April 30, 2012 at 05:37 AM
We still do not understand why ridgewood is not equipped for this. Within the past year several incidents have occurred in town and patients were transported outside of valley. Will the expansion solve this.
No One April 30, 2012 at 10:30 AM
No. Valley wishes to be more of a place to go for surgery's and checkups then emergent care. If Valley were to upgrade from a level III trauma center to a level II then possibly people would be transported to Valley instead of out of town.
jp1 April 30, 2012 at 03:39 PM
People already complain about Valley and you want more.
Lauren Imbruglia April 30, 2012 at 09:09 PM
Why the fatal accident investigations unit? Is it that bad? Not a very optimistic thing to see. Prayers all around.
James Kleimann April 30, 2012 at 09:17 PM
Lauren, here's the official description from the BCPO: The Fatal Accident Investigation Squad is responsible for investigating fatal and serious bodily injury motor vehicle crashes, which involve criminal recklessness within the County of Bergen. These investigations include collisions where death or serious bodily injury occurs and in which driving while intoxicated (known or possible), excessive speed, two or more moving violations, hit and run, police pursuit, an emergency vehicle, and/or known or potential multiple fatality is a factor in the collision(s). The unit also assists municipalities within Bergen County in complex non-criteria motor vehicle collisions.
Elizabeth Cox April 30, 2012 at 10:21 PM
i think Valley is great- their pediatric ER is wonderful- the dr & nurses show a lot of attention & care. both my children were born there- i couldn't be happier. as for the accident- i hope the pedestrian makes a full recovery- St. Joe's is top notch in head trauma!
Lee R. May 01, 2012 at 12:04 AM
I would love to see a Child Life Specialist position added to the pediatric emergency department at Valley Hospital. It is greatly needed.
Abigail Gary May 03, 2012 at 03:14 PM
Why hasn't the victim or driver still been publicly identified?

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