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Tune in this afternoon to see and hear the reasons Todd Genty, the parking director for Seaside Heights, NJ lost control of his vehicle, striking @Robert Lay on his bike. Featuring: Wren Logan, Cheif Tommy Boyd's Claw Machine & Todd Genty's #Exit82#Exit82.com
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SEASIDE HEIGHTS — The director of the borough's Parking Authority has been suspended without pay from his $90,000-a-year job after he was charged with striking a bicyclist with a borough vehicle and then trying to cover up the incident, Borough Attorney George R. Gilmore said.
Todd M. Genty, 54, who lives in Seaside Heights, has worked for the borough for about 17 years. He was paid an annual salary of $90,204 as parking authoriity director, according to state pension records.
Genty was charged March 15 with witness tampering and evidence tampering, along with motor vehicle violations that include failure to stop, leaving the scene of an accident and failure to report an accident, according to Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato.
Genty went to police headquarters March 15 with his lawyer, where he was charged and released after receiving a summons, Coronato said.
Genty is also the president of the Seaside Heights Board of Education. He first won election to the school board in 2004.
The prosecutor's office gave the following version of events:
Genty was driving a borough vehicle that struck bicyclist Robert C. Lay, 66, of Seaside Heights, at the corner of Dupont Avenue and the Boulevard.
Lay told police that he was knocked to the ground, by what he at first thought was a Seaside Heights police vehicle. He said the driver confronted him while he was on the ground and began yelling at him, calling him a drunk and saying that the collusion was Lay's fault.
Lay told police that the driver then agreed to "make things right" by giving Lay cash and replacing his damaged bicycle. Lay said the driver never called for assistance or asked him if he needed medical treatment.
Lay said he left the damaged bicycle against a wall and both he and the driver left the scene.
Lay reported the incident to Seaside Heights police, who found that the borough vehicle involved in the accident was assigned to Genty. Genty had not notified borough police about the incident, the prosecutor said.
Seaside police also found that Genty had replaced Lay's damaged bicycle with a bike taken from the police department's temporary evidence/property area. Lay found the undamaged bicycle at his home when he arrived there after the accident.
Genty is also a Republican county committeeman representing Seaside Heights.
Gilmore, who is also the Ocean County Republican chairman, said that Genty's term expires after the June primary, when there will be new elections for the county committee. Gilmore said there is an expectation that Genty will resign from the committee before June.
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Staff writer Erik Larsen contributed to this story."
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