Friday, April 1, 2016

Questions swirling around police-involved fatal accident

On Euclid Avenue in Hackensack on Thursday afternoon, some of the drivers detoured by a fatal-accident investigation on Summit Avenue frantically sought an escape route, even though none existed, above and below.

A few desperate drivers ignored the Do Not Enter sign on one-way Euclid Avenue South to reach Summit Avenue, and retrace their route.


Who was the poor guy -- a senior citizen from Hackensack -- who died after his old Mazda sedan was "struck" on Summit Avenue by a police cruiser responding to an emergency on Thursday afternoon?

If another accident involving a motorcyclist on the Maywood-Hacensack border had ended, should the responding Hackensack officer have been driving at a high rate of speed to get there?

You won't find the answers -- or even the questions --in a Page 1 story on the front page of The Record or on this morning (A-1).

In fact, the 67-year-old driver who died hasn't been identified, and the reports don't say whether he stopped at a stop sign on Ross Avenue, which meets Summit at an angle that forces drivers to look over their left shoulder to see oncoming traffic.

The officer involved also hasn't been identified.

Details missing

The Record had three reporters working on the story, but so many details are missing, as is typical of a newsroom run by Editor Deirdre Sykes and Production Editor Liz Houlton, two lifers known for their laziness and incompetence.

Among details not reported in The Record are that:

The driver suffered cardiac arrest after the police cruiser T-boned a "silver sedan that suddenly pulled into its path in the 500 block of Summit Avenue near Ross Avenue, responders told Daily Voice" (

See: Did driver pull in front of speeding cruiser?

Another view

A reader of commented:

"I guess another cover-up is in the works for that fatal police accident up the block. [Driver] probably didn't see -- that's a bad spot -- but the cop was over-driving -- he did not have visual on suspect -- and the accident he was heading toward had already occurred in Maywood."

Driver retraining?

Treating an older driver as so much road kill is typical of The Record, as readers can see in today's reporting on Thursday's fatal involving a Hackensack police cruiser.

The Woodland Park daily generally ignores the challenges facing older drivers, and in fact, rarely reports on any senior who isn't institutionalized.

Road Warrior John Cichowski, himself a senior, has spent no time in the past decade telling readers whether re-training is available for drivers in their 60s, 70s and 80s.

Today, Cichowski devotes an entire column to whether there are enough parking spaces at NJ Transit rail stations (L-1).

If there aren't enough rush-hour seats on the trains and buses, commuters need more parking spaces like a hole in the head.

Dementia up?

Today, the front page reports the autism rate is up 12% in New Jersey, a story of no interest to the vast majority of readers, who are older (A-1).

When is the last time you saw a story on Page 1 about the increasing rate of dementia or Alzheimer's disease?

Good luck, Wilsons

I hope a chef and his father succeed with their gastropub in North Haledon, called Prohibition at the Rathskeller.

Most readers are watching their cholesterol, and will totally avoid a menu filled with cheese curds, fried food, short ribs-laced macaroni and cheese, and a three-dessert sampler (BL-14).

The place gets 2.5 stars out of 4 (Good to Excellent) from Elisa Ung, the restaurant reviewer who can't hide her unhealthy obsession with meat and artery clogging desserts.

The five dishes shown in photos on the Better Living cover and inside are so many heart attacks on a plate.

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