Menendez’s wife struck and killed a man while driving in 2018: Reports

Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), left, and his wife Nadine Menendez arrive to the federal courthouse.

Nadine Arslanian Menendez, the spouse and co-defendant of lately indicted Sen. Robert Menendez, struck and killed a person whereas driving in New Jersey in 2018, in accordance with media studies.

and , citing police studies and police sprint cam video, reported that Nadine Menendez, who was courting the senator on the time, was discovered by police within the small borough of Bogota to be “not at fault” within the crash within the as a result of the sufferer, Richard Koop, was jaywalking. She was allowed to go away the scene.

Nadine, whose Mercedes was severely broken, was not taken into custody or examined for medicine and alcohol, in accordance with The Document. She was later joined on the scene by a retired cop from close by Hackensack who instructed police that he didn’t know her however he was doing her a favor as a result of she was a good friend of his good friend’s spouse, in accordance with The New York Instances.

The accident, although not its circumstances, was talked about within the indictment towards the senator, his spouse and three co-defendants: Wael Hana, Jose Uribe and Fred Daibes. , Uribe, a businessperson, financed a brand new Mercedes for Nadine Menendez in change for the senator’s makes an attempt to intrude in an unrelated state legal case towards Uribe by pressuring prosecutors.

There’s no indication that Sen. Menendez’s title got here up in the course of the police investigation of the crash, although a witness on the scene instructed The New York Instances that “there gave the impression to be plenty of secrecy” and that he heard Nadine Menendez repeatedly inform officers she was going to name somebody.

Koop’s sister, Rosemarie Koop-Angelicola, instructed The New York Instances that they by no means heard from Nadine Menendez or the senator, and suspected that the case was intentionally saved quiet.

“Positively an absence of authorized enthusiasm to take this case, particular lack of media protection, and an absence of communication by the authorities of Bergen County. We felt that the entire thing was very silently swept underneath the rug,” she mentioned.

Municipal courtroom information obtainable on-line present Nadine Menendez has a historical past of a number of visitors offenses, most lately pleading responsible in Tenafly municipal courtroom in 2021 to utilizing a handheld telephone whereas driving and paying $240 in penalties and costs. She was charged with the identical offense in Englewood in 2016, although information say it was dismissed as a part of a plea settlement and don’t point out what if any penalty she confronted. In 2012, she pleaded responsible to “failure to look at visitors management machine,” paying $85. She was charged with the identical offense in Jersey Metropolis in 2005, although information weren’t instantly obtainable on the disposition of the case. In 2007, she pleaded responsible to improper passing in East Rutherford Municipal courtroom and paid $85 in fines and costs.

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