A 33-year-old woman is now facing an updated charge after she left the scene of an accident that resulted in her husband’s death.
Ammara D. Chaudry had a domestic dispute with husband Daniel Offield, 35, on May 6. The said dispute occurred near their home in Koenig Court in Fair Lawn. During the course of the argument, Chaudry decided to leave the scene and got onto a vehicle. As she did, Offield “jumped on the hood of Chaudry’s vehicle in an apparent attempt to prevent Chaudry from leaving the area.”
According to the office of Bergen County Prosecutor Gurbir S. Grewal, Offield ended up falling from the moving vehicle just a short distance later. As a result, he suffered a serious bodily injury. Chaudry, however, just continued fleeing the scene. She also failed to notify authorities regarding the incident.
At approximately 11:26 AM, the Fair Lawn Police Department received multiple reports regarding a hit and run motor vehicle accident. All reports said it involved one pedestrian and a single vehicle. When they arrived at the scene, they located and treated Offield then transported him to St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center. Later in the day, the medical center pronounced Offield dead.
An examination by the Bergen County Medical Examiner’s Office revealed Offield died as a direct result of the incident. The same day, police arrested Chaudry and charged her with Leaving the Scene of Motor Vehicle Collision Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury. Following an investigation into the incident, whoever, police upgraded Chaudry’s charge to Leaving the Scene of a Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision.
According to a report from nj.com, the victim’s family had created a GoFundMe page on May 12 to help pay for his funeral expenses. The page stated, “(Daniel) loved his kids and was so proud to be their father and husband to his dear wife Ammara. As close family and friends know, times like this are emotionally and financially hard on those left behind.” The campaign had reportedly managed to raise more than $3,000. However, it has since been taken down.
Chaudry turned herself in following the upgraded charge.
Meanwhile, in response to the upgraded charge, Chaudry turned herself in to the Fair Lawn Police Department on Friday. She will make her first appearance in Bergen Couty Central Judicial Processing Court on June 2.