In a shocking incident in Elizabeth, New Jersey, Vincent Jean, a 56-year-old man, was arrested and charged with attempted murder after deliberately running over a woman three times with his SUV following a minor fender bender.
The attack occurred in a residential area near Salem Avenue and Aberdeen Road, where Jean and the 23-year-old victim were involved in a minor collision.
According to witnesses and surveillance video, the woman, identified as Morgan Scott, an Elizabeth municipal employee, began taking pictures of Jean’s vehicle, possibly to report the incident, which prompted Jean to aggressively target and run her over on the front lawn of a nearby house.
Jean’s violent actions did not stop after the initial assault; he proceeded to hit Scott two more times with his vehicle before fleeing the scene. Scott was rushed to University Hospital in critical condition, suffering from numerous injuries, including deep gashes covering over 60% of her body.
Despite the severity of her injuries, reports indicate that she was in stable condition following the incident and had undergone at least one surgery.
This was not Jean’s first offense involving the use of a vehicle as a weapon. In 2007, Jean had previously been charged with aggravated assault after intentionally ramming his car into a motorcycle in a parking lot, causing severe bodily injury to the person on the motorcycle.
For that attack, Jean was sentenced to a pre-trial intervention program that included weekend jail time.
Following the recent road rage incident, Jean was charged with multiple offenses, including first-degree attempted murder, second-degree aggravated assault, and third-degree aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, among others. The severity of these charges reflects the deliberate and violent nature of the attack, underscoring the dangers of road rage and the extreme consequences it can have.
Elizabeth Mayor Chris Bollwage and Union County Prosecutor William A. Daniel have both commented on the case, highlighting the seriousness of the charges and the concern over the potential for Jean’s release under bail reform, given his history of using a vehicle to commit violent acts.
The authorities have urged anyone with information about the incident to come forward, as the investigation continues