Woman struck by ‘flying’ sign: LPD

A Lyndhurst resident was injured in a freak accident Saturday, March 7, police said.

Det. Capt. John Valente said the resident, a 47-year-old woman, was walking south on Ridge Road, shortly before 10 a.m., as the driver of a 2007 Ford pickup was traveling south on Ridge, approaching Lake Ave.

Valente said the driver, 42, of Wallington, apparently was taking an aspirin and began choking, causing him to lose control of the vehicle and swerve into a snow bank at the intersection. In the process, Valente said, the vehicle plowed into a pedestrian crossing sign which was dislodged from its support and thrown into the air, striking the pedestrian on the left side of her head.

Valente said the woman was knocked to the ground.

An ambulance rushed her to Hackensack University Medical Center where she was treated for her injury which, according to Valente, was believed not to be life-threatening.

No summonses were given to the driver, he said.

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In the only other incident logged by police for the past week, on March 1, a 38-yearold Paterson man reported the theft of his 2013 Hyundai from Delafield Ave. at the corner of Rutherford Ave.

The owner told police he had parked there Thursday, Feb. 26, at 5:30 p.m. and when he returned on Sunday, March 1, at 4:30 p.m., the car was gone.

Inside the vehicle, he said, were a GPS and an Apple I-pad.

Valente said that through the I-pad’s app, the missing vehicle was traced to a location in Newark but a search failed to turn up the car.

– Ron Leir 

The Observer Staff