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YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: A good Samaritan who noticed damage to a car parked at her condominium led authorities to a Mahwah man who they said was behind the wheel in a hit-and-run crash that hospitalized a 55-year-old pedestrian with severe head injuries.

Thomas Moylan, 27, who lives abut a mile from the crash site, was charged with leaving the scene of a crash involving an endangered and injured victim while on the suspended list, among a host of other charges. He also was issued no fewer than nine summonses.

He was being held on $25,000 bail in the Bergen County Jail.

The 6-foot-5-inch, 290-pound Moylan was arrested after a resident of the Paddington Square condominium complex in Mahwah last night noticed a suspicious vehicle parked in the pool house parking lot of the complex. The woman had seen an alert on a portable electronic signboard that investigators placed in the area of the collision.

Examining the 1997 Lincoln Town Car, she spotted “a broken grille and several dents in the front of the vehicle,” so she called police, Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli said this afternoon, confirming today’s earlier CLIFFVIEW PILOT report of Moylan’s arrest.

The damage is “consistent with a pedestrian impact and matches broken pieces of the vehicle left at the scene,” the prosecutor said.

Moylan, who was driving on a suspended license and expired registration, was brought to Ramsey police headquarters, Molinelli said.

Authorities had been searching for an older model “police-type” sedan that struck the Queens victim at at the corner of N. Franklin Turnpike and Hilltop Road just after 9:30 p.m. Friday.

The Kew Gardens man was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern before being airlifted to Westchester County Medical Center in Valhalla N.Y., Police Chief Bryan Gurney said yesterday.

He sustained a fractured skull and pelvis and had bleeding of the brain, Molinelli said this afternoon.

A witness told police she saw an older model “police-type” four-door sedan, either grey or light blue,  hit the victim and continue onto Spring Street toward Route 17.

Ramsey police responded, along with detectives from Molinelli’s Fatal Accident Investigation Unit and the Bergen County Sheriff’s Bureau of Criminal Identification.

Also responding were Mahwah police, Ramsey firefighters, the Ramsey Ambulance Corps and Rescue Squad and paramedics from the Valley Hospital in Ridgewood.

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