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Fall Victim Fatality

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On Thursday, February 8th at approximately 1446hrs the Palisades Interstate Parkway Police Department responded to Allison Park (located off Hudson Terrace in the Englewood Cliffs NJ Section) for a reported assault victim.  First arriving units found a 77 year old female with severe head trauma sitting in a vehicle parked in the lot.  The female was barely responsive and was unable to recall events.  Initial 9-1-1 calls eluded to a possible assailant however, investigation later revealed that the victim had been walking on the paved trail when she slipped and fell on a patch of ice striking her head on the ground.  She lost consciousness and later made her way to her vehicle where a bystander called 9-1-1.

She was transported to Hackensack University Medical Center where she eventually died of her injuries on Sunday, February 25th.  The victim is identified as Ms. Claire Gareau, a 77 year old female from Hewitt NJ.