LINDEN – Seeing his wife injured as the result of an auto/pedestrian accident was apparently too much for a 53-year-old Linden man, who allegedly attacked a passing motorist who stopped to help and the man driving the car that hit her, police said.
Police responded to the report of the collision on West St. Georges Avenue and Ercama Street at 1:29 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 1. Pedestrian Concepcio Gracia-Maza, 46, of Linden told the officers she was crossing West St. Georges Avenue in the crosswalk, headed north, when she was struck by a 2001 Saturn that was making a left turn from Ercama Street on to West St. Georges Avenue.
The car was being driven by Jatin A. Mehta, 43, also of Linden, police said. A 64-year-old Rahway man also stopped to help Garcia-Maza, and found himself the victim of her husband, according to police. Garcia-Maza’s husband allegedly grabbed the Rahway man by the neckline of his shirt and ripped off his necklace before learning that Mehta drove the car that hit his wife, police said.
The husband, who later reportedly told officers, “I just lost it,” then went and allegedly punched Mehta in the head and face.
Garcia-Maza was taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at Rahway for treatment of a minor leg injury, according to police. Mehta was also taken to the hospital for an examination of his injuries, police said. Officers advised both assault victims of the complaint procedures.
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