NJ Man Charged for Assault by Auto After Hitting Two Pedestrians

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HACKENSACK, NJ – Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced the arrest of GARY MONGELLI (DOB: 11/20/1951; single; unemployed) of 290 3rd Street, Apartment D1, Hackensack, NJ, on charges of Assault by Auto. The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Robert Anzilotti, and the Paramus Police Department under the direction of Chief Kenneth Ehrenberg.

At approximately 4:55 p.m. on October 17, 2020, the Paramus Police Department responded to a report of two pedestrians struck by a motor vehicle in the parking lot of 224 Route 4 East. At the scene, officers located a 2015 Nissan Versa stopped in the middle of the intersection of Sheperd Way and the entrance to the parking lot. The vehicle had struck two pedestrians, a 65-year-old female and a 33-year-old female, while backing out of a parking space. The operator of the vehicle, GARY MONGELLI, then proceeded forward before striking the 33-year-old victim a second time. The vehicle came to rest in the intersection where it was located by arriving officers. Both victims were transported to Hackensack University Medical Center with serious injuries, and the 33-year-old victim remains there in stable condition. The 65-year-old victim was treated and released on October 20, 2020.

As a result of the investigation, MONGELLI was charged with two counts of Assault By Auto, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1(c), a 4th degree crime. MONGELLI is scheduled for a first appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensack, NJ, on Friday, November 6, 2020.

Prosecutor Musella states that the charges are merely accusations and that the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, and he would also like to thank the Paramus Police Department and the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance in this investigation.

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