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Two Paterson OEM Members Charged with Misconduct

Prosecutors have charged two members of Paterson’s Office of Emergency Management with official misconduct in connection with their response to a fatal motorcycle accident.

Passaic County Prosecutor's Office

The Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office said Thursday that Juan Martinez, 30, of Paterson, and Jonathan Lopez, 29, of Hackensack, have been arrested on several charges.

Prosecutors say the two men were driving an OEM vehicle in Paterson on April 17 and following behind a motorcycle at a distance of 100 feet or less while improperly activating the siren.

Prosecutors allege that Martinez and Lopez then witnessed the motorcycle crash and did not stop to render aid or contact police or their superiors.

The driver of the motorcycle, 31-year-old Randolph Waddy of Paterson, died from his injuries.

It is not immediately clear who is representing the defendants.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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