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Car strikes mother, toddler in stroller after Fort Lee ‘Cops in Crosswalk’ pedestrian decoy detail wraps up

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YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: Barely two hours after Fort Lee police wrapped up a “Cops in the Crosswalk” pedestrian decoy detail, a car driven by a 78-year-old Cliffside Park man struck a woman pushing her 13-month-old toddler in a stroller.

The child was strapped in and not injured after the stroller was knocked over around 4:20 p.m. yesterday at the intersection of Palisade Avenue and Angioletti Place, Capt. Stephen Gallagher said tonight.

However, the 24-year-old Fort Lee mother was taken to the hospital with injuries that the captain said weren’t life-threatening.

The father came to the scene and said he would take the child to the hospital, Gallagher said.

Officers gave Roman Leyfman, the driver of the 2012 Lexus, a summons for failing to stop or yield to a pedestrian.

Hours earlier, police capped a day in which they issued 38 moving violations by arresting three people in a car whose driver failed to yield to a police office posing as a pedestrian at the intersection of Palisade Avenue and Whiteman Street, Gallagher said.

The driver, 31-year-old Kenneth A. Rodriguez of Edgewater, received summonses for failing to stop for a pedestrian and having both marijuana and an open bottle of wine in his Honda.

Passenger Mark Urdaz, 20, of the Bronx, was charged with minor marijuana and drug paraphernalia possession, while 23-year-old Vianka Tineo of Cliffside Park was charged with illegal possession of Xanax and Percoset and also drinking alcohol in a motor vehicle.

“Cops in the Crosswalk,” a staple of law enforcement in Fort Lee, is coordinated and funded by the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety.

The detail consists of an officer in plain clothes officer in a bright orange shirt crossing the street legally while uniformed colleagues pick off law-breakers.

Police Chief Keith Bendul noted that 2014 has seen 34 pedestrians struck, following 42 for all of 2013. The year before, it was 50.

He reminded motorists to remain aware for pedestrians and pedestrians to always cross safety.

Both can expect “Cops in Crosswalks” to return throughout town, Bendul warned.

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