- Sen. Bob Menendez’s wife, Nadine Arslanian, was captured in a 2018 video fatally hitting a pedestrian in New Jersey.
- Arslanian was not charged in the crash, with the Bogota Police Department declaring she was “not at fault.”
- The victim was identified as 49-year-old Richard Koop, who was struck in front of his own residence.
Newly obtained security footage has brought to light the disturbing moment when Nadine Arslanian, the now-wife of Sen. Bob Menendez, fatally struck a pedestrian with her Mercedes-Benz in Bogota, New Jersey, back in December 2018.
News 12 New Jersey released the video, just hours after NorthJersey.com and The Record of New Jersey reported on the tragic incident.
JUST IN: News 12 New Jersey has obtained security video from a 2018 incident where Sen. Menendez's wife Nadine Arslanian struck and killed a pedestrian.
MORE: https://t.co/VoyQH7weel pic.twitter.com/TRtFwfgk5y— News12NJ (@News12NJ) October 4, 2023
The video captures a car speeding towards a person standing in the street, leading to a violent collision. The video depiction of the victim is deliberately blurred to mitigate the distressing nature of the scene. Further into the footage, several bystanders can be observed signaling for a police car, standing near the crash victim.
Bogota Police Department’s investigation into this event concluded with Arslanian being cleared of any blame. They determined that she was “not at fault” and pointed out that the pedestrian had been jay-walking at the time of the accident.
The man tragically killed in this accident was Richard Koop, 49. The police report specifically noted that he met this unfortunate fate right in front of his residence.
In response to this tragic event, Menendez expressed his sentiments to reporters on Wednesday, stating, “It was a tragic accident and obviously we think of the family.”
However, this revelation comes at a time when both Menendez and Arslanian find themselves in the public eye for other reasons. Just last week, they were indicted on bribery charges.
Prosecutors claim that they provided assistance to three businessmen from Egypt in return for bribes, one of which was a 2019 Mercedes.
Despite facing mounting pressures, Menendez has firmly denied any allegations of wrongdoing and has also declined calls from his Democrat peers to vacate his Senate position.
As of now, representatives for Sen. Menendez have not responded to requests from Insider for additional comments.
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