Wednesday, March 16, 2016

No charges filed in year-old Hackensack pedestrian death

On March 9, 2015, an unmarked Ford Crown Victoria, driven by a detective sergeant for the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office, struck and fatally injured Hue Dang, 64, a Vietnamese-American woman who was crossing Jackson Avenue in Hackensack, above, only a few blocks from her apartment.


The death of a Hackensack pedestrian more than a year ago is being called a "tragic traffic accident."

"There is no basis for criminal charges," a spokeswoman for acting Bergen County Prosecutor Gurbir S. Grewal said today. 

Spokeswoman Maureen Parenta said a long investigation by the Union County Prosecutor's Office agreed with Hackensack police, who were the first to look into the death of Hue Dang, 64.

She was struck and fatally injured as she was walking in or near a crosswalk on Jackson Avenue and Kennedy Street, a couple of blocks from Route 80.

The driver, John Straniero, a detective sergeant in the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office, was on the way to his Wayne home.

Straniero, 50, retired last Nov. 1 after 27 years with the office.

The woman's family has filed a notice that it intends to sue Straniero.

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