Woman Found Guilty of Hitting Boyfriend with Car in 2011

A 24-year-old Pennsylvania woman faces 3 to 5 years following her conviction.

An Essex County jury convicted a Pennsylvania woman of hitting her boyfriend with a car and shattering the bones in his right leg during an argument in 2011.

Charlene Cook, 24, of Emmaus, Pa., her boyfriend and his sister had just left a nightclub in West Orange around 4 a.m. on Nov. 20, 2011, when they got into an argument while driving in Cook’s 2007 Hyundai, according to Essex County Prosecutor Michael Morris, who tried the case before Superior Court Judge Peter Ryan.

Cook was driving the car, the boyfriend was in the passenger seat and his sister was in the backseat. 

Cook pulled over the car over near an office building in Cedar Grove and scratched the passenger’s face, according to officials. 

When the victim got out of the car to get away, Cook drove the car 20 feet up a hill and hit the victim, with her car. The man sustained a compound fracture of his right leg—both the tibia and fibula were broken, officials said. 

The victim was rushed to St. Joseph Hospital in Paterson, where he underwent emergency surgery.

“This defendant was in the throes of a murderous rage and she gave into it. We thought it was important to press this case,’’ said Morris.

Cook was convicted Thursday on aggravated assault for the incident. Sentencing is scheduled for March 14. 

Cook faces 3 to 5 years incarceration, according to the office of Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray.


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