A U.S. Postal Service employee that worked at the facility in Kearny is accused of hitting two female co-workers with her car in the parking lot earlier this week, police said.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
On Sunday at around 11:57 a.m., Kearny police officers responded to the U.S. Postal Service, Dominick V. Daniels Processing and Distribution Center, at 850 Newark Turnpike, on a 911 call reporting that a driver had just run over two people in the parking lot with a car, the department said in a news release.
Responding officers found a 25-year-old woman and a 26-year-old woman – both postal service employees – injured but conscious in the parking lot. The victims reported that a third postal employee hit them with her car following a dispute.
One of the victims reported having been run over by the car and the other employee reported having been hit by the car and knocked down. The driver fled the scene in her vehicle prior to police arrival, authorities said.
Both victims were transported to University Hospital in Newark by Emergency Medical Services. As of the time of this release, one of the victims has been discharged. The hospital status of the second victim is not yet available, officials said.
As a result of the incident, Kearny police and the U. S. Postal Inspectors began an investigation.
At approximately 3:30 p.m. the same date, the suspect, Lashanda Johnson, 27, of East Orange, was located in East Orange.
She was charged with aggravated assault, possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose (vehicle), unlawful possession of a weapon (vehicle), leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident resulting in serious bodily injury and several traffic violations, police said.
Johnson remains in the custody of U.S. Postal Inspectors.
Kearny Police Chief George King credits the U.S. Postal Inspection Service for working cooperatively with the KPD to quickly bring closure to this investigation.