NJ state police investigated a hit-and-run accident involving a State Police vehicle on Route 287 in Parsippany, New Jersey.
According to police, a small-sized SUV sideswiped a State Police Cruiser somewhere along mile-marker 42 on Route 287 South.
A State Police spokesman indicated that the violent collision caused the state trooper’s car to make contact with the guardrail.
Police also said that the driver of the SUV did not step after the accident. Although the police vehicle sustained minimal damage, the trooper did not pursue the other driver as they fled the scene.
In addition to the vehicle being okay, the trooper was not injured in the accident.
Leaving the scene of an accident is a serious offense in New Jersey. Hit-and-run accidents are governed by N.J.S.A. 2C:39:4-129, which sets forth the penalties for hit-and-run drivers. These potential penalties include a $400 fine, a lengthy driver’s license suspension, and up to one month in jail. If the hit-and-run accident causes personal injury or death, the offender may be sentenced to as many as six months in jail. Police also commonly charge hit-and-run offenders with other traffic violations, such as reckless driving.
To learn more about this incident, see the NJ.com article entitled “SUV Sideswiped State Police Car and Fled, Cops Say.“