TEANECK, N.J. (UPDATE) -- Teaneck police said a 49-year-old utility company employee from New Milford wasn't paying attention when his wagon struck and killed a 27-year-old woman Monday night outside the FDU campus in Teaneck.
Carlos A. Poole received a trio of traffic summonses -- for careless driving, failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk and having an obstructed view -- in the crash that killed Wei Qi Wang just before 7 a.m. on River Road, Police Chief Robert A. Carney said.
Poole was driving a 2004 Subaru Outback south when it struck Wang, a Chinese national who'd just recently completed studies at the university's International Relations Graduate School, Carney said.
She underwent emergency surgery at Hackensack University Medical Center but ultimately died of her injuries, the chief said.
The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Fatal Accident Investigation Unit assisted in the investigation, while the county sheriff's Bureau of Criminal Investigation collected evidence, he said.
Poole, who remained at the scene, provided an account that Carney said was corroborated by witnesses.
"The accident investigation determined that driver inattention was the main contributing factor in the accident," the chief said.
A memorial service was held Wednesday afternoon for Wang. A tree dedication followed behind the International Students Association Office.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with Wang Wei Qi's family and friends," the International Relations Graduate School said in a statement. "We hope that they will be able to find closure in this difficult time. May she rest in peace."
Grief counselors were available to anyone who contacts the Dean of Students at (201) 692-2190 or calls (201) 692-2174.
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