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A New Jersey street driver chased and twice ran over a woman with his vehicle after the victim took photos of the suspect trying to flee the scene of a previous accident, authorities said.
Vincent Jean, 56, was arrested this week and faces a number of charges, including attempted first-degree murder, over Tuesday morning’s assault, the Union County Attorney’s Office said on Wednesday.
Shocking video footage obtained by News 12 New Jersey from Salem Avenue in Elizabeth, New Jersey allegedly shows Jean driving a silver Mitsubishi the wrong way down the one-way street as the vehicle attempts to pursue the 23-year-old victim , officials said .
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Footage, reportedly obtained from a neighbor’s surveillance camera, also shows the woman running from the vehicle as she drives behind her. Officials said he ran over the victim twice before fleeing.
According to authorities, Elizabeth Police officers received a report of someone being hit by a vehicle around 8:30am on Tuesday. They arrived and found the victim “lying on the front lawn of a Salem Avenue apartment building and suffering from numerous serious injuries,” prosecutors said.
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Witnesses told police Jean and the victim were involved in a minor car accident in the area.
“After the accident, the male driver attempted to flee the scene and the victim, who was standing on the sidewalk, began taking pictures of the suspect’s car in order to identify him for the police,” prosecutors said.
Jean then reportedly unleashed his attack.
“The suspect pulled onto the lawn and hit the victim,” officers continued, “then drove over her before backing up and deliberately hitting her a second time.”
The victim was taken to a local hospital in critical condition. Meanwhile, Jean allegedly fled the scene but was seen hours later sitting in the same, now damaged, vehicle.
The Union County Attorney’s Office has charged Jean with: attempted first-degree murder; second-degree grievous bodily harm; third degree heavy attack with a deadly weapon; Third Degree Assault by Auto; Leaving the scene of a third-degree motor vehicle accident resulting in serious bodily harm; Third-degree endangerment of an injured person and illegal firearm possession third-degree.
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A spokesman for the Union County Attorney’s Office said no attorney was listed for Jean as of Friday.
Authorities are asking anyone with information about this incident to call Detective Edward Benenati at 908-328-6972 or Elizabeth Police Detective Thomas Koczur at 908-358-9675.