SOUTH BRUNSWICK – Township police said the number of “serious motor vehicle crashes” this summer has been “unusual.”
Police detailed seven crashes between June 24 and Aug. 14 that they considered serious, in a statement released on Aug. 21, as community members here and elsewhere prepare for the busy weekend travel associated with the upcoming Labor Day weekend.
The findings come from the department’s Traffic Safety Bureau, which has five officers, who have had the task to investigate crashes and accidents.
Three of those incidents were fatal crashes, two of which involved motorcycles.
The first crash happened June 24, involving a 21-year-old South Brunswick resident.
In that case, the township resident died in a motorcycle accident that involved no other vehicles. The investigation determined “driver error from unsafe speed was a contributing factor.”
Less than a month later on July 17, a 79-year-old Monroe Township resident was in the passenger seat of a vehicle when she was killed in a crash at Route 130 and Distribution Way. The driver of the other vehicle, a 68-year old South Brunswick resident, is alleged to have caused the crash “when she failed to observe a traffic signal.”
On Aug. 8, a 25-year-old South Brunswick man was killed in a crash with another vehicle at the intersection of Route 535 and Davidson Mill Road. Police charged a 57-year-old Jamesburg man.
“Traffic safety is one of our top priorities and these seven crashes represent an unusual number,” said Police Chief Raymond Hayducka, who also credited the Traffic Safety Bureau's investigative work. “There is not one single contributing factor in all these crashes.”
The other four crashed in the report were:
• An Edison man, 60, reportedly crossed over the median into oncoming traffic and hit another vehicle on June 25 on Route 130 near Route 522. Police said the investigation determined the driver had a “medical episode prior to the crash.”
• A 58-year-old Trenton resident was critically hurt when he crashed into a cement mixer from behind on Route 1 near Raymond Road on July 19. “The man’s vehicle hit with such force that it became lodged under the rear of the cement truck,” police said. The investigation alleged the driver’s “inattention,” was the cause and he was cited from “being an unlicensed driver and careless driving.”
• Investigators said that an 84-year-old South Brunswick resident having a medical issue was likely the cause in a crash with a 52-year-old East Brunswick woman at the Route 522 and Bard Drive North intersection on July 31. The South Brunswick resident was seriously injured after failing “to negotiate a turn through the intersection resulting in the crash.”
• A middle-aged Morrisville, Pennsylvania man was seriously hurt on Aug. 14 after he crashed his dump truck into a house on Shelly Road. While there were multiple people in the house at the time of the early-morning accident none of them were hurt. The house, however, was deemed uninhabitable. A cause has not been determined.
“We remain committed to increasing awareness, education, and enforcement to improve driver safety,” Hayducka said.