LAWRENCE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Trooper Troy McNair from the New Jersey State Police Office of Public Information told Midjersey.news that Troopers responded to a motor vehicle crash on November 8, at 6:06 p.m. on Interstate 295 south, milepost 66.8, Lawrence Twp., Mercer County.
Based on a preliminary investigation a BMW SUV was traveling south on I-295 in Lawrence Twp. In the area of milepost 66.8, a pedestrian, 34-year-old male of Livonia, NY entered the lanes of travel from west to east and was struck by the BMW. As a result of the crash, the pedestrian sustained fatal injuries. The crash remains under investigation and there is no additional information available at the moment.
WALL TOWNSHIP, NJ- A 24-year-old Downingtown, Pennsylvania man has been charged with aggravated assault by auto stemming from an October 8, 2023, motor vehicle collision on State Route 35 in Wall Township.
On Saturday, October 7, 2023, at approximately 6:45 p.m. the Wall Township Police Department responded to the area of State Highway 35 and 18th Avenue for a motor vehicle collision involving two vehicles with multiple injuries reported.
The investigation on scene revealed that 2011 Nissan Altima being operated by Mitchell G. Holley (34) of Downingtown, Pennsylvania was traveling on State Highway 35 southbound, when he left his lane of travel and entered the northbound lane of State Highway 35 striking a 2023 Mazda CX3 being operating by a 39-year-old man and occupied by a 31-year-old female both of Point Pleasant. All occupants were required to be extricated from their vehicles by emergency crews and transported to Jersey Shore University Medical Center.
State Highway 35 from Wall Church Road to 18th Avenue was shut down in both directions for approximately an hour and half while emergency crews conducted extrication and medical treatment and crash investigators processed the scene. Fire and rescue crews from West Belmar Fire Department, Glendola Fire Department and South Wall Fire and Rescue responded to the scene as well as emergency medical crews from Wall Township Police EMS, Belmar EMS and paramedics from Hackensack Meridian.
After receiving toxicology results from the New Jersey State Police Forensic Laboratory Patrolman Hunter Manning charged Holley with (2) two counts of aggravated assault by auto (3rd Degree Crime), (1) one count of causing seriously bodily injury while driving with a suspended driver’s license (3rd Degree Crime), driving while suspended, driving while intoxicated and reckless driving. An arrest warrant has been issued for Holley.
Despite these charges, every defendant is presumed innocent, unless and until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, following a trial at which the defendant has all the trial rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and New Jersey State Law.
HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)-Hamilton Police say that on November 7, 2023, at approximately 3:35 p.m., Officers Tim Young, Joshua Doan, Anthony Lucidi responded to a shoplifting in progress at the Home Depot located on Route 130 in Hamilton Township. Officers Young and Doan identiﬁed the vehicle and occupants described to Hamilton Police dispatch and approached the vehicle in the parking lot. Officer Young ordered the driver of the vehicle, Daray L. Wesby, out of the vehicle. When Daray exited the vehicle, the front-seat passenger, Eric D. Murphy, got into the driver’s seat and attempted to drive away. Officer Young immediately tried to stop Eric by grabbing him. Eric Murphy put the car into drive and dragged Officer Young, going backward and forward, with the vehicle numerous times until Officer Young was able to gain control of Eric and place him in custody. Once the vehicle was stopped, the rear passenger, Michael C. Brown, exited the vehicle and ran on foot. He was chased down and taken into custody by Officer Joshua Doan. During this altercation, the original driver of the vehicle, Daray L. Wesby, ﬂed the area on foot towards Route 130.
Michael C. Brown was arrested and charged with Aggravated Assault, Resisting Arrest, and Shoplifting. He was placed on a warrant and transported to the Mercer County Corrections Center.
Eric Murphy was arrested and charged with Aggravated Assault, Resisting Arrest, and Shoplifting. He was placed on a warrant and transported to the Mercer County Corrections Center.
Daray Wesby was placed on a summons for Obstructing the administration of law.
During this event, some of the initial proceeds of the shoplifting were dropped in the parking lot and picked up by Stephanie L. Diaz, who attempted to return the items for a refund. She was turned away because she could not produce a receipt, so she left the Home Depot with the aforementioned proceeds. Stephanie L. Diaz has been charged with shoplifting and placed on a summons.
All parties are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.