Joe Malinconico Paterson Press
Published 6:26 PM EDT May 17, 2019
PATERSON — A city public works department truck reportedly hit Jose “Joey” Torres’ 2004 BMW while it was parked on Crosby Avenue and the former mayor is seeking almost $4,000 to pay for the damage to the vehicle.
A police report says the incident happened last Jan. 30, which was less than two months after Torres was released from prison. Paterson Press learned of the incident this week while reviewing tort claim notices filed against the city.
“That matter is being handled by my insurance company,” Torres said in a phone message.
The police report, which is based on the former mayor’s statements to the officer, said Torres’ SUV was parked on the northbound side of Crosby Avenue, near Torres’ driveway when it was struck.
The Paterson truck reportedly was making recycling pickups on Crosby Avenue heading south when it and crossed into the northbound lanes to make pickups on that side of the street, the police report said. When the city vehicle turned back to the southbound lanes, the truck’s rear struck Torres’ BMW, the report said.
The driver continued on the route without stopping, apparently unaware of the collision, the police report said.
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Torres included a copy of the police report and an auto body shop damage cost estimate with the legal notice he filed with the city back in February.
“The Administration does not comment on legal matters that may result in litigation,” said Mayor Andre Sayegh’s chief of staff, Kathleen Long, in an email. “We therefore have no comment on this notice of claim, nor any other notice of claim.”
The damage estimate by Dynasty Auto Body in Paterson put the cost of parts needed for Torres’ BMW at $1,582 and for labor at $2,031, plus taxes.
Torres served as Paterson’s mayor from 2002 to 2010 and again from 2014 to 2017. He was forced to resign in 2017 after pleading guilty to misconduct charges involving his use of public works department employees for renovations on a business owned by his daughter and nephew.
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