Another Hit and Run crime scene?
Here’s an update from NJ.com regarding this incident overheard on the police radio a couple weeks ago.
Cops probe hit & run horror in Hoboken
Friday, April 20, 2007
By CHARLES HACK
JOURNAL STAFF WRITER
HOBOKEN – Police are looking for answers in a hit-and-run incident two weeks ago in which a sport utility vehicle apparently ran over a city man and the driver fled the scene.
Robert Burke Jr., 63, remains in a drug-induced coma two weeks after he was critically injured in the accident, his son, Robert Burke III, said on Wednesday.
According to police reports, Burke Jr. was hit on Park Avenue outside his house between 10th and 11th streets by a black or silver gray Acura MDX SUV on April 5 at around 9:50 p.m.
After hitting the man, a witness told police, the driver backed up down Park Avenue and sped off west down 10th Street. A taxi driver may have blocked the SUV’s path from going forward, a source close to the investigation said.
Police are hoping to interview more witnesses, but they are treating it as an accident.
Dave Bates, who lives across the street from Burke Jr., said he came out of his house just as the ambulance arrived and saw Burke Jr. lying in the street with his head in front of the wheel of a parked car.
“I saw the guy laying in the middle of street,” said Bates. “He was totally motionless and bleeding from the head.”
Robert Burke III, 41, said that his father, who is an information technology and business analyst, had just returned home by taxi from a business meeting in New York when he was hit.
Burke III said his father is still heavily sedated at the Jersey City Medical Center with a broken left arm and leg and fractured cheek bone. Doctors will not know the full extent of his injuries until he wakes up, he said.
“He’s banged up pretty good,” said Burke III.
Burke Jr.’s four children have come up from Red Bank in Monmouth County to be with him, and his girlfriend has been paying regular visits, his son said.
“To see him in this condition is very heart wrenching,” said Burke III. “It is the desire of the family to see him fully recovered, and that is why we’ve been visiting him so much.”
Neighbors said that Burke. Jr. loves to garden in his back yard and they often see him out jogging.
“He is a very nice man. Bob is a good friend,” said Angela Pepe, who lives a few doors down.
Stephen Truglio, co-owner of Truglio’s Meat Market at 1000 Park Ave., described Burke as a “neighborhood guy” and a baseball fan who comes in regularly to buy bread milk.
“He talks about the Yankees all the time,” said Truglio. “It really gets to you. That shouldn’t happen to anybody.”
Anyone with information should call Detective Sgt. Anthony Falco at the Hoboken Police Department at (201) 420-2110 or (201) 420 2113.
Has anyone been listening to the live police scanner? I just happened to turn it on and it seems as if there’s some kind of investigation regarding a hit and run that has now turned into a “crime scene”… not sure if there was a fatality or just a bad injury, and I’m not even sure where it was since I caught it half-way… last address I heard was 1027 Park Ave.
Something about a car backing halfway up the block and apparently running over a man. Blue / Silver Acura MDX SUV with some damage near the rear wheel well.
Facts could be all wrong here. Anyone know?