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Fort Lee Pedestrian Struck, Killed by Car on Anderson Avenue

A Fort Lee man died in the hospital Saturday night about four-and-a-half hours after getting hit by a car while he was trying to cross Anderson Avenue between Jane Street and Catherine Street, according to authorities.

A 65-year-old Fort Lee man died Saturday night after getting hit by a car on Anderson Avenue, police said.

At about 5:15 p.m. Saturday, police received calls saying a pedestrian had been struck near the exit of the Church of the Madonna. Officers from the Fort Lee Police Department’s Patrol Division and Detective Bureau responded, conducting an on-scene investigation, which concluded that Gerard A. Deangelis was hit by a 1999 Toyota Corolla while attempting to cross Anderson between Jane and Catherine Streets, police said.

Paramedics treated the victim at the scene, and the Fort Lee Ambulance Corps transported him to Hackensack University Medical Center with what police described as life-threatening injuries. But Deangelis died at the hospital at 9:52 p.m., according to authorities.

The driver of the Toyota, whom police identified as Maria C. Ventura-Granados, 58, of Fort Lee was taken to Englewood Hospital and is cooperating with the ongoing investigation being conducted by the Fort Lee Police Department’s Accident Investigation Unit, according to police, who did say there is no evidence to suggest excessive speed or alcohol were factors in the fatal accident.

Ventura-Granados was charged with careless driving, police said.

Fort Lee police are urging anyone who may have witnessed the accident to contact Police Officer Dawson of the Traffic Bureau AIU at 201-592-3700, ext. 5195.

Three pedestrians have already been hit by cars in Fort Lee in 2013, but Saturday’s incident was the first fatality, according to police. The other two crashes involving pedestrians happened during daylight hours—the first on Jan. 7 at about 3:30 p.m. at Palisade Avenue and Angioletti Place and the second on Jan. 8 at about 3:50 p.m. at Lemoine Avenue and Bridge Plaza. In the first case, the driver was cited for failing to yield to a pedestrian, while the Jan. 8 accident remains under investigation, police said.

Local police continue to urge both drivers and pedestrians to exercise caution and remain aware of their surroundings after a slew of pedestrians were hit by vehicles in 2012.

“The department is continuing the Pedestrian Safety Initiative launched last year which includes Pedestrian Jay Walking, Pedestrian Decoy Operations, Speeding Enforcement and DWI Enforcement,” Fort Lee Police Chief Keith M. Bendul said in statement released Sunday. “The initiative contains both education and enforcement elements for both drivers and pedestrians. The Community Policing Unit and Traffic Bureau will continue to make presentations to increase awareness. Traffic signboards are deployed throughout town displaying safety messages.”

BJ January 17, 2013 at 10:47 PM
Cont ... What Mark doesn't understand is you can only buy so many votes - the rest you actually have to earn. He's dug himself an enormous hole with his handling of the hurricane. Just look at the video of him at the senior citizens home and how he throws Sohmer under the bus while he cowers in the background! It exemplified his job performance. When I spoke to Mike it was pertaining to the massive fall out from the hurricane. Mike became indignant and eventually ran out the back door rather than face me. I was astounded. I've known Mike for 20 years we worked together at UPS. Good man but politics is not his forte. This is only the beginning - for years people have been begging me to run for office. My family dates back 3 generations. There isn't anyone I don't know! Jack Alter was like a father figure to me. The time has come to start holding them accountable or we get them out.
Jack B Goode January 17, 2013 at 11:30 PM
You make several good points. I strongly agree that the uncontrolled development is adding to our overpopulation. Who benefits from new residential buildings? I can tell you who suffers........residents and taxpayers like you and me. The current governing body is rubber stamped back into office every November and their decisions go unchallenged. Until and unless we get new representation, things will get worse.
Fort Lee Truth January 17, 2013 at 11:55 PM
BJ, you're much more optimistic about change occurring soon than I am. Although Fort Lee is huge population wise, a VERY small percentage turn out to elect a Mayor or Councilman. When you take into consideration the number of jobs Mark has given to former classmates, friends, business associates, folks who have given "generous" donations to his campaign and "favors" done, the number of folks quickly adds up since your talking about their entire families voting, getting their neighbors to vote, etc. Unfortunately, most folks in town have their head in the sand and don't know the major issues or don't want to know. The one's that do don't want to get involved in politics feel their vote doesn't "count". Also, the Republican party has not put together a serious slate in decades. The very few folks they put on the ballot over the years that were qualified, no one even heard of.because they didn't advertise. Except for the Red Light camera issue, does anyone else know where the candidates who ran last year stood on the issues? When they suggested that there be no ads or signs, I thought it was laughable. If they actually paid for commercials on cable TV (as folks did 20 years ago), and went to borough events to promote themselves, they'd have a shot.
BJ January 18, 2013 at 12:59 AM
Oh nonono! No one is more cynical then I am! Ask anyone who knows me. But I'm also a fighter. I'm a doer - I get things done. Ask Mike what I was like at UPS and who if anyone was ever more productive than I was. I destroyed my back because of it and have been retired ever since. I've been working since I was 11 started a business at 17. That's how I know Joan. Everyone knows how tough I am. I lost both my parents by the age of 9 and raised myself. Although my family goes back 3 generations and I'm the 4th - everyone is deceased. Joan will tell you how hard my life has been and why I don't relent. That said I could not possibly agree more with everything you said. It's one of the reasons why I don't vote and am not even registered. You can't fight Washington or the State of NJ because of the rampant corruption and cronyism. But sure as hell can make an enormous difference in Fort Lee. Are you really going to allow them to run roughshod? You have to get out there and talk to people. Educate them. I already do. I spend 2-3 hours/day walking my dog - talking to everyone. As soon as the weather turns warmer I'm in the park doing the same. That's why I know the town sentiments towards Mark and the disdain. This latest series of events has merely exacerbated all of it. If anyone would like to further this conversation and or meet please email BJGRASER@aol.com I've taken up way to much of your time and space in this forum. Thank you ever so kindly!!
Barbara LeBow January 26, 2013 at 02:15 AM
Anderson and Jane is not a bridge issue. We can't blame everything on the bridge. Bad driving and carelessness are the issues at hand here. We barely a month into 2013 and already there are 3 pedestrians hit and one killed in pedestrian vs car altercations. When is this going to stop? Don't blame the bridge put the blame where it belongs on carelessness and a lack of enforcement.

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