- Associated Press - Friday, March 17, 2017

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey police officer has been sentenced to three years in prison for leaving the scene of a crash that left a pedestrian in a coma.

The Jersey Journal reports (https://bit.ly/2mAqOWL ) 34-year-old Jermaine Gonzalez, of Weehawken, was sentenced on Thursday in the July 2015 crash. He must also forfeit his badge.

Gonzalez, a Jersey City patrolman, was off duty when he struck 43-year-old Firas Natsheh, of North Bergen, in Weehawken.

Natsheh moved from Jordan in 2006. He remains in a coma.

Police say Natsheh was walking with traffic, but wasn’t on the sidewalk or within a crosswalk.

Gonzalez pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident resulting in serious bodily injury.

Gonzalez’s attorney, John Lynch, says the whole case is “very tragic.”

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Information from: The Jersey Journal , https://www.nj.com/jjournal


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