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Sen. Bob Menendez’s Wife Struck And Killed A Pedestrian In 2018



Sen. Bob Menendez’s wife, then his girlfriend, struck and killed a pedestrian in 2018, according to newly revealed police records.
The crash badly damaged Nadine Arslanian’s Mercedes, and four months later, she was allegedly given a new Mercedes as a gift connected to the bribery conspiracy for which she and Menendez (D-N.J.) now face charges.
On the evening of Dec. 12, 2018, in Bogota, N.J., Arslanian struck pedestrian Richard Koop, who died of his injuries. According to dashboard camera video from the scene, Arslanian told police Koop jumped on my windshield.
Officers found Koop unconscious in the road, with severe head trauma, bleeding from the back of his head, bleeding from the face, and possible fractured legs and arms, according to their report. Police said Arslanian had struck a parked car after she hit Koop, and was bleeding from her hands.
At the time, police determined that Arslanian was not at fault because Koop was jaywalking and did not cross the street at an intersection or in a marked crosswalk. The police records did not indicate whether she was tested for drugs or alcohol.
Menendez has pleaded not guilty to federal charges of taking bribes and passing sensitive U.S. information to the Egyptian government, and rejected calls from fellow Democrats to resign.
Menendez and his wife are accused of taking bribes worth hundreds of thousands of dollars in exchange for the senator wielding his power on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to benefit the government of Egypt, as well as enriching businessmen Wael Hana, Jose Uribe and Fred Daides, who were also charged.
According to the indictment, Menendez allegedly provided U.S. government information that secretly aided the Government of Egypt, and used his position as Foreign Relations chairman to facilitate military sales and other financing for Egypt.
Menendez also allegedly pressured a U.S. Department of Agriculture official to protect a contract for Hana to be the exclusive provider of halal meat to Egypt.
According to the Department of Justice, Menendez and his wife accepted bribes including gold, cash, a luxury convertible, payments toward Nadine Menendez’s home mortgage, compensation for a low-or-no-show job for Nadine Menendez, home furnishings, and other items.
Photos showed items seized from the Menendez home by the FBI, including gold bars and piles of cash.
Menendez temporarily stepped down from his position as ranking member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, according to Senate Democratic caucus rules related to felony charges.
This is Menendez’s second corruption indictment. A 2015 indictment ended in a mistrial in 2018.
TMX contributed to this article.