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Police Log: Aug. 4 – 10, 2014

Aug. 4

Christina Meleo of Franklin Park was cited for careless driving after her car ran off the road on South Middlebush Drive and struck a street sign and utility pole. Meleo told police that she had bent down to grab a hair clip that fell on the floor of her car when she lost control of her car.

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Gurudatt Kamath of Monmouth Junction was cited for careless driving after his car collided with one on Canal Road driven by Cornelia Koscinski of Somerset. Kamath was turning left from Bunker Hill Road; he told police he did not see the other car.

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Nymirah Alexander of New Brunswick was cited for careless driving after her car rear-ended one driven on Franklin Boulevard by Irene Denning of Somerset. Denning said she was stopped, with her directional signal on, waiting to make a turn. Alexander said Denning stopped suddenly.

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Christine Grant of Somerset was cited for careless driving after her car rear-ended a car driven by Letitia Lloyd-Mingledolph of Somerset at Hamilton Street and Clyde Road. The two cars were stopped at a red light; Grant said she thought the light turned green, so she started forward and struck the other car. Lloyd-Mingledolph and her two passengers complained of head pain and were transported to St. Peter’s University Hospital in New Brunswick for evaluation.

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Krutika Desai of Somerset was traveling down Route 27 when the car ahead of hers, driven by Sandy Obando of New Brunswick, stopped for a traffic light. Desai said she could not stop in time, and her car rear-ended Obando’s.

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Benjamin Bayer of East Windsor was traveling down Route 27, just before Skillmans Lane, when his car rear-ended one driven by Alfonso Boatright of Princeton. The impact pushed Boatright’s car into one ahead of his, driven by Nicole Gombas of North Brunswick.

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A car driven by John Budis of Kendall Park rear-ended one driven on Blackwells Mills Road by Mahesh Patel of Franklin Park.

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Alex Frempong of North Brunswick told police that the was driving down Hamilton Street when his car was side-swiped by another auto. The second auto then fled the scene.

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Aug. 5

A car driven by Jeonghyeo Kim of New Brunswick rear-ended one driven by Olivia Jung of East Brunswick, as Jung’s car was stopping for a traffic light at Easton and Willow avenues. Kim said Jung stopped suddenly for the yellow light.

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A car driven by Daniel Ludwig of Middlesex was turning into an Easton Avenue parking lot when it was struck by a township-owned car driven by Ryan Stevens of Franklin Park. Stevens said a truck was blocking his view.

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A dump truck, with its body raised, was traveling down Delmonico Avenue when it struck low-hanging electrical wires, damaging a house at 157 Delmonico. The driver, John Andrade of Randolph, told police that he did not see the wires.

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A car driven by Malikah Sanchez of Hillsborough was turning left from Worlds Fair Drive into the parking lot of 1 Worlds Fair Drive when it was rear-ended by a car driven by Frank Walcott of Somerset, which was turning left out of the parking lot.

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Adam Kalnick of Somerset was picking up a soda can that had fallen in his car while driving on Berger Street when the auto swerved to the right, striking a parked car owned by Trevor Moncrease of Somerset.

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Cars driven by Linda Orofino of Bound Brook and Barbara Chabner of Highland Park were driving in heavy traffic on Easton Avenue when Orofino’s car rear-ended Chabner’s.

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 A car driven by Barbara Young of Kendall Park rear-ended one driven on Route 27 by Corey Swain of Somerset.

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Vivek Joshi of Belle Mead was cited for careless driving after his car rear-ended one driven by Shawn Barron of Princeton. Joshi said the lights from an oncoming ambulance distracted him.

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Aug. 6

A car driven by Muhammed Turan of Franklin Park was slowing down on Route 27 when, he told police, his for slipped off the brake pedal and his car rear-ended one driven by Felix Frederick of South Bound Brook.

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Kimberly Machana of Somerset told police that she did not realize that a car ahead of hers on Route 27, driven by Nora Gusman of Monmouth Junction, was stopped before her car rear-ended Gusman’s.

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Nicholas Chelius of Caldwell told police that he could not stop his car in time on Route 27 before rear-ending a car driven by Ihab Alee of North Brunswick.

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Mahesh Madyastha of Dayton told police that he was driving down Route 581 when the right rear quarter-panel was struck by another car passing his. The car then fled the scene.

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Aug. 7

Jyoti Pajni of Franklin Park was cited for careless driving when her car backed out of a parking spot into one on Rachel Court driven by Nguyiman Makurdi, also of Franklin Park.

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A parked car owned by Marie Ophilten of Belleville was struck while it was parked in a Randolph Road parking lot. The other car fled the scene.

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James Zender of Hillsborough told police that he was traveling down Mettlers Road, behind a car driven by Ann Savoye of Somerset, when he did not realize that Savoye’s car stopped to turn onto Amwell. Zender’s car rear-ended Savoye’s.

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Binu Thomas of Scotch Plains was cited for careless driving after the car she was driving on Van Cleef Road drear-ended one driven by Kevin Lowry of Hillsborough. The impact pushed Lowry’s car into one driven by Marvin Liu of Belle Mead. Thomas said she took her eyes off the road momentarily.

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Aug. 8

Jaime Sanchez of New Brunswick was cited for careless driving after his car sideswiped one driven by Khana Prager of Somerset. Sanchez said Khana suddenly stopped on Easton Avenue to make a left turn, and he swerved to the right but could not avoid the collision. Khana said her car was stopped when it was hit.

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Yuriy Varshavskiy of Brooklyn NY was cited for careless driving and using a cell phone while driving after he lost control of his car on Clyde Road, hitting a fire hydrant, a fence and a utility pole.

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Naveen Jai of North Brunswick was cited for careless driving after the car he was driving on South Middlebush Road rear-ended one driven by William Christian of Kendall Park.

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Srinivas Vangeepuram of Kendall Park was cited for careless driving after the car he was driving on Cedar Grove Lane rear-ended one driven by Sameh Haroun of Monmouth Junction. Vangeepuram said he could not avoid the accident.

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Aug. 9

Cars driven by Daniel Barber and Andrea Robinson, both of Somerset, collided in the parking lot of 980 Easton Avenue. Robinson said she was making a left turn in the lot and did not see Barber’s car before the collision.

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A Shelly Drive home needed supports added to its front overhang after it was struck by a car driven by Joy Hall of Somerset. Hall told place that she turned onto Shelly from Foxwood Drive when her car continued turning. The vehicle left the road and onto the lawn of 2 Shelly, striking a brick retaining wall and two columns on the house’s front. The car then careened into another retaining wall before stopping. Hall was cited for reckless driving and failure to maintain her lane.

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Aug. 10

Allen Szucs of Kendall Park was cited for careless driving after his car rear-ended one driven on Route 27 by Anthony Barksdale of Carteret. Szucs said he’d looked down for a minute, then when he look dup saw that Barksdale’s car was braking.

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Cars driven by Paige Bollman of North Brunswick and Rosario Languido of Monmouth Junction collided in a Route 27 parking lot. Bollman was backing out of a parking spot when her car collided with Languido’s.

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Cars driven by Raquel Cortez of Somerset and Cynthia Laurent, also of Somerset, collided at the intersection of Fuller and Booker streets. Cortez said she’d stopped at the stop sign on Fuller, then entered the intersection, not seeing Laurent’s car.

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