In the story that never seems to end, The Jersey Journal uncovered a video that show Secaucus councilman Robert Costantino driving away from a minor car crash in September.
On September 23, the councilman and Secaucus teacher Dawn Leon were in an SUV on Third Street when it was accidentally hit by a cement truck. Workers at the scene said Costantino exited the vehicle and yelled at them before getting back behind the wheel and driving away.
When speaking to police about the incident, both Costantino and Leon said the councilman was not behind the wheel at the time of the incident. But The Jersey Journal obtained video from a Third Street home through an Open Public Records Act request that shows Costantino driving after the collision.
Additionally, The Jersey Journal says there doesn’t appear to be anyone else in the vehicle at the time of the collision. The vehicle is not registered to either Costantino or Leon, but a different Secaucus resident.
Costantino and Leon were both scheduled to appear in Kearny Municipal Court on December 14, but the hearing has been postponed and has yet to be rescheduled. Costantino was easily reelected as First Ward councilman in November despite the incident.
The lawyer for Costantino and Leon has filed a motion for dismissal, saying that the charges are “factually and legally deficient.”