A New Jersey man severely injured a woman by hitting her with his car and driving over her twice after attempting to flee a minor traffic incident, according to the Union County Prosecutor's Office.
Vincent Jean, of Elizabeth, has been charged with first-degree attempted murder and several other charged in connection to the incident.
A little after 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Elizabeth police went to Salem Avenue and Aberdeen Road for the report of a pedestrian being struck by a vehicle. They found the woman lying on the front lawn of a residence on Salem Avenue with several severe injuries and she was taken to the hospital, according to the prosecutor's office.
Witnesses told police a man driving a silver Mitsubishi SUV and the woman were involved in a minor car wreck. The man attempted to leave the scene when the victim began taking photos of his car from the sidewalk so she could provide the information to police, the prosecutor's office stated.
When the man, later identified as Jean, noticed she was taking pictures, he drove his vehicle directly at the victim, who ran onto the lawn to avoid being hit. Jean then drove onto the lawn and struck the victim before running over her two times before leaving the scene, accordig to the prosecutor's office.
Later that morning, Elizabeth Patrol Officesr spotted Jean sitting alone in the driver's seat of his parked and damaged SUV on Jefferson Avenue. He was taken into custody and charged.
Jean's other chares are second-degree aggravated assault, third-degree aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, third-degree assault by auto, third-degree leaving the scene of a motor vehicle crash with serious bodily injury third-degree endangering an injured victim and third-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.
First-degree crimes typicially lead to 10 to 20 years in prison upon conviction, while second-degree convictions carry terms of five to 10 years and third-degree crimes elicit between three and five years.
Police ask anyone with further information to contact Elizabeth Police Detective Thomas Koczur at 908-358-9675 or Detective Edward Benenati at 908-328-6972.