Midland Park Mailman Gets 364 Nights In County Jail In Ridgewood Hit-Run Death

Thanks to a plea deal, a postal carrier from Midland Park who fled the scene after striking and killing a Hawthorne man in Ridgewood won’t be going to state prison for his crime.

A judge in Hackensack on Friday allowed Rafael Ramos, 48, to keep his job during the day while serving 364 consecutive nights in the Bergen County Jail as his plea-bargained sentence for the hit-and-run death of Edward Rao.

Ramos was charged with leaving the scene of a fatal accident after running over and killing Rao, a 54-year-old former Ridgewood real estate agent, on West Ridgewood Avenue near the village train station.

Rao apparently had been heavily intoxicated when he fell into the street on West Ridgewood Avenue, near the intersection of Library Place, in late September 2018, authorities said.


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