PATERSON - Authorities have suspended a Paterson police officer after they say he left the scene of an accident that killed a pedestrian.

Officer Jose Urena is charged with knowingly leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident resulting in death.

The 30-year-old was off-duty at the time of the accident at North Fourth and Temple streets on Tuesday night.

Paterson Police Director Jerry Speziale tells The Record newspaper 23-year-old Jaquill Fields of Paterson was struck and later died at a hospital.

Urena is suspended without pay.

It is not known if he has a lawyer.