Off-duty Paterson cop charged in deadly pedestrian accident

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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.


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