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Posted by: Kevin Martinez
A Paterson, N.J., police officer is charged with leaving the scene of a hit-and-run that killed a 23-year-old man, local reports said.
The arrest comes nearly one year after Officer Jose Urena rescued three triplets from a burning home, a feat that earned him the high remarks within the department.
He was formally charged Wednesday morning during a Paterson Municipal Court hearing conducted in whispers between Judge John Segreto, Urena and his attorney, according to The Record.
It’s believed Urena, 30, hit Jacquill Fields Tuesday night about 8:25 p.m. while off-duty and intentionally drove off, authorities have said.
The victim, Fields, was found lying in the street and later died at a local hospital.
“This is a tragic situation, and I met with the mother and family members expressing our thoughts and prayers,” Paterson Police Director Jerry Speziale told The Record.
The department has suspended Urena without pay pending the outcome of the criminal investigation.
He and five other law enforcement officials received the life-saving award in January for going into a burning building and carrying 6-year-olds Sherly, Jacob and Joshua Mambru out to safety.
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