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Woman Hospitalized After Being Hit by Car Outside Trader Joe's

The incident outside the Westwood store was still under investigation.

Police investigated the scene of an accident at the Westwood Trader Joe's. Photo: Jim Leggate.
Police investigated the scene of an accident at the Westwood Trader Joe's. Photo: Jim Leggate.
Update: Police Charge Driver Who Struck Hillsdale Woman

An employee at the Trader Joe's in Westwood was severely injured when she was hit by a customer's car Wednesday afternoon, according to Police Chief Frank Regino.

The driver, described as "elderly," was reportedly going to back out of a handicap space in front of the store at 3:18 p.m. when she accidentally lurched forward and struck the employee, who was getting a cart to do her own shopping, according to Regino.

The victim, who was not immediately identified by police, was severely injured and taken to Hackensack University Medical Center, Regino said. She was undergoing surgery and updates on her condition were not immediately available.

Glass windows in front of the store broke, but no one else was injured.

The store was closed as police investigated.

Investigators from the Westwood Police Department, Bergen County Sheriff's Department and Bergen County Prosecutor's Office were on the scene.

Check back with Patch for more info as it becomes available.
Green eyes November 15, 2013 at 09:00 AM
After 60? Gee.
Nancy November 17, 2013 at 08:09 AM
Does anyone happen to have an update on the victim? I think of her often and praying she is recovering successfully.
Elizabeth Scholl November 19, 2013 at 11:37 AM
If you are on facebook, a page has been created to help support her and her family .https://www.facebook.com/rooting4ruta
Nancy November 19, 2013 at 12:40 PM
Thanks
Aerin Jensen December 05, 2013 at 02:42 PM
Was the driver checked for alcohol? Also, I hope that the police look into her driving/accident history. There may be other incidents where she was driving under the influence. Her license should be revoked forever.

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