Menendez’s Wife Hit, Killed Pedestrian While Driving in 2018

Menendez’s Wife Hit, Killed Pedestrian While Driving in 2018

October 5, 2023

Nadine Arslanian Menendez, wife of recently indicted Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), struck and killed a man while driving her Mercedes-Benz in New Jersey in December 2018, according to police reports.

She was found not at fault for the incident because the man was jaywalking when he was hit. Arslanian — who was alone in the vehicle — was not given a DUI test at the scene and was immediately allowed to leave after providing a brief statement, according to dashcam footage of her interaction with Bogota police. She was dating Menendez at the time.

A federal indictment brought by the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, which charges Arslanian and Menendez in a federal bribery scheme, revealed that in January 2019, approximately a month after the crash, Arslanian informed Wael Hana and Jose Uribe, two Egyptian-American businessmen also implicated in the alleged bribery scheme, that she no longer had a vehicle. Hana then provided her with a 2019 Mercedes-Benz — worth more than $60,000 — as detailed in the indictment.

“In exchange, MENENDEZ agreed and sought to interfere in the NJAG’s criminal insurance fraud prosecution of an associate of URIBE and a related investigation involving an employee of URIBE,” the indictment states.

It’s not the first time Arslanian has been involved in a traffic incident. According to public court records, she racked up several penalties between 2007 and 2021, including using a mobile phone while driving, ignoring traffic signals and unsafe passing, adding up to about $410.

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