Pedestrian Struck in Hit-and-Run on Palisade Avenue

Driver charged with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in serious bodily injury and hindering apprehension.

Chief of Police Keith Bendul has reported that a pedestrian was struck outside of the Colony apartment building located on Palisade Ave., Saturday, Jan. 26 at approximately 11:30pm.

Julian Curatola, 23, of Fort Lee, was arrested and charged with hindering apprehension and leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident that resulted in serious bodily injury.  

According to Bendul, Curatola backed into a 65-year old woman who was walking in the parking lot, brought her into the lobby of the Colony and told the doorman she had fallen and needed an ambulance. He then fled the scene.

When Fort Lee Police were contacted that the woman was going to be admitted to Englewood Hospital with a serious head injury, a joint investigation ensued with the Fort Lee Police Department’s General Investigation Bureau and Bergen County Prosecutor's Office Fatal Accident Investigation Unit. The investigation resulted in the arrest of Curatola, Bendul said.           

Bail was set by Judge John DeSheplo of the Fort Lee Municipal Court for Curatola at $5,000 with no 10 percent option. Curatola was transported to the Bergen County Jail in lieu of bail.

According to Capt. Thomas Ottina of the Fort Lee Detective Bureau, the Fort Lee Police have aggressive pedestrian safety programs, as well as driver awareness, in relation to struck pedestrian accidents.

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Fort Lee Truth January 30, 2013 at 04:49 AM
I wonder if he's related to Vincent "Johnny Sacks" Curatola of Sopranos fame. He has roots in Bergen County.
Suzanne Troya January 30, 2013 at 03:44 PM
The exact same thing happened to me!! About a month ago, I was leaving the Colony, returning to my car parked on the street. As I crossed the parking lot at the Episcipalion Church, a man had his car in reverse, and slammed into the side oft body!! I'm healthy and string, so I just told him to be careful! He was also s man in his early 20's. Oh man, the coincidence!!
William Mays January 30, 2013 at 05:25 PM
Probably not, a lot of Italians with that last name.
Rebecca S February 02, 2013 at 09:17 PM
By this kid moving the victim from the place of the accident to the lobby he might have caused her serious damage. A person that has suffered head trauma must be stabalized! I might also add that it seems he wasted time moving her around in order to cover himself. In an accident seconds and minutes count! It's the differene between life and death! Depending on the present condition of the victim this kid could be looking at more charges.


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