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Video: New Jersey Officer Struck, Killed by SUV

December 29, 2014  | 

VIDEO: New Jersey Officer Struck, Killed by SUV

One Cliffside Park (N.J.) PD special police officer was killed and another injured when they were struck by an SUV this weekend, reports WABC-TV.

Just after 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Officer Stephen Petruzzello and his partner Thaier Abdallah were on foot patrol on Walker Street in Cliffside Park. The 22-year-olds had just graduated from the academy last month, and are part of the borough's special police force.

Both Petruzzello and Abdallah were crossing the street when a Honda CRV struck them both, shattering the windshield. Behind the wheel was Anie Kalayjian, a world-renown professor of psychology at Columbia University. She told Eyewitness News by phone that this was an awful accident.

"I'm in shock - we didn't see them. They were wearing black uniforms with no reflective stripes," said Kalayjian.

Both men were rushed to Hackensack University Medical Center. Officer Petruzzello was critically injured and had to go into surgery. He died early Monday morning.

Officer Abdallah was released from the hospital.

Comments (4)

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Ima Leprechaun @ 12/29/2014 1:53 PM

Nobody takes responsibility anymore. She didn't see them so obviously she was driving with her headlights off. Her response was to blame the officers for her hitting them. Rest in Peace Officer Petruzzello. And best wishes to Officer Andallah. There is obviously a great deal of diversity in Police Officers these days as seen over the last two weeks. No matter the background we are all still brothers and sisters of the thin blue line and when you hurt one of us you hurt all of us.

132&Bush @ 12/29/2014 5:55 PM

Weren't most of the people who attacked the NYPD Lts from Columbia U?

Big Craig @ 12/29/2014 5:57 PM

This is why I never ever walk in the street. The street is for vehicles.

Dan @ 12/29/2014 7:57 PM

Way to jump to conclusions dumbasses. Again this article gives too little information to make an informed opinion. If you watch the video it says the officers were crossing in the middle of the street. The video also shows the back of the crv and you can clearly see the tail lights are on. You can also see a side shot of the crv and it looks like the headlights are on but it is difficult to tell. If there was traffic coming at her it could have very well washed out the objects. Neither the article nor the video say she was charged so it would be logical to assume they are still investigating or have decided she wasn't at fault. But keep making assumptions to make yourself feel better. With that being said my condolences to the family. Sad to see a career ended before it began.

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