Police Log: Sept. 13-15, 2013

A fender-bender at Laurel Drive and Route 27 Sept. 13 resulted in a car chase involving the two drivers into South Brunswick, police said.

Police said a Mack truck driven by David Moeller of Bristol, Pa., was preparing to move after the traffic light at Laurel and Rt. 27 turned green when his truck rolled back a bit and struck a stopped car driven by Niharika Routray of North Brunswick.

Police said Moeller did not realize his truck had struck Routray’s car, so he continued on to South Brunswick. Routray, police said, gave chase and was seen traveling at a high rate of speed by a South Brunswick police officer, who stopped her and Moeller’s truck.


Omar H. Brimage of New Brunswick was driving through a parking lot on Holland Drive Sept. 13 when his car was struck by one driven by Othman Lahmar of Somerset. Lamar was backing out of a parking spot, and told police he did not see Brimage’s car until they collided.


Police said a tow truck driven by Hector Orengo of Somerset struck a parked car on Brookline Avenue Sept. 13. The parked car is owned by Jeanette Nunez of Franklin Park, who told police she was visiting her mother.

A witness said she saw Orengo’s truck strike the car and drive away.

Orengo denied that he was the driver, police said.


A Dunellen woman was hit with multiple citations Sept. 13 after she was involved in a hit-and-run accident at Hamilton Street and Baier Avenue.

Police said Khadeen K. Linton-Campbell told them she was stopped for traffic at the intersection when the rear of her car was struck by a Ford Explorer driven by a woman.

Linton_Campbell said the woman told her to pull over, told her to take a picture of her car, and then asked to use her cell phone.

After the woman made her call, Linton-Campbell told police, she took off.

Linton-Campbell gave police the picture she took of the woman’s car, which showed the license plate, and the cell phone number the woman called.

After following a trail that started at the woman’s ex-husbands house in Bound Brook – who told police that the car was registered to him but belonged to his ex-wife Kimberly C. Young – to a home in Somerset where tenants said she was receiving mail, to the woman’s cousin’s house, also in Somerset, police finally found Young’s home in Dunellen.

Police said Young admitted to being in the accident, but said she and Linton-Campbell exchanged information and she let Linton-Campbell take a picture of her car.

Young was cited for a number of violations, including careless driving, driving while on the suspended list, leaving the scene of an accident and failure to report an accident.


Leonel Reyes-Velasco of New Brunswick was cited for careless driving and driving without insurance on Sept. 14 after he was involved in an accident at Franklin Boulevard and Davis Avenue.

Reyes-Velasco told police that he was making a left turn from Davis onto Franklin – after being given the go-ahead by an uninvolved driver who stopped on Franklin to let him go – when his car was hit by one driven by Casandra A. Nelson of Somerset.

Reyes-Velasco said Nelson was speeding, police said.

Nelson told police that she was driving on Franklin when Reyes-Velasco’s car hit hers.

Police said the investigation found that Reyes-Velasco failed to yield the right-of-way to Nelson.


A man visiting his girlfriend on Amethyst Way reported Sept. 14 that his motorcycle had been stolen from the building’s parking lot.

Antonino Pirone told police that he discovered his black 2006 Harley Davidson was stolen at about 9:15 that morning.

Police searched the area, but found no evidence, they said. A neighbor reported hearing nothing amiss overnight.

The motorcycle was valued at $13,500, police said.


Chinnaraj Mathivana of Somerset was cited Sept. 14 for careless driving after he was involved in an accident in the parking lot at Rutgers Plaza, Easton Avenue.

Mathivana said he stopped at an internal stop sign, cleared traffic, then proceeded forward when his car collided with one driven by Yongwon Lee of New Brunswick.

Lee told police that he was driving through the lot when Mathivana’s car suddenly crossed in front of his, leaving him no time to avoid a collision.


A car driven by Cheyenne Baugh of North Brunswick was entering the intersection of Hillcrest Avenue and Elmwood Street on Sept. 14 when it collided with one driven by Harold Lamson of Somerset.

Lamson, who was driving on Elmwood, told police that he could not see Baugh’s car because his view was blocked by parked cars.


Alexa L. Seaman of Spotswood was cited for careless driving Sept. 15 after she told police she looked down to find a cigarette while driving on Easton Avenue, near John F. Kennedy Boulevard, and struck a car driven by Lisa Wisnesky of South River, which was stopped in traffic.

The force of the impact caused Wisnesky’s car to strike one in front of it, driven by Shaun Lowy of Somerville, before striking the curb and running off the road.


A car driven by Maria Crisofulli of Somerset was stopped at Winston Drive and Appleman Road Sept. 15, yielding to an oncoming patrol car, when it was struck in the rear by a car driven by CL Reaves II of Somerset.

Reaves told police he thought Crisofulli was not going to stop.


Warren Sobelsohn of Somerset was cited Sept. 15 for careless driving after the car he was driving collided on South Middlebush Road with one driven by Derek Miller of Somerset.

Police said Miller was heading north while Sobelsohn was heading south; Sobelsohn turned left in front of Miller’s car, and the two collided.


Kenitra Hicks of New Brunswick was backing out of a driveway on Field Street Sept. 15 when her car struck a parked car owned by Agustin Olivares Davila of Somerset.


A car driven by Maria McNamara of Somerset was stopped at the traffic light at Cedar Grove Lane and Weston Road Sept. 15 when it was rear-ended by a car driven by Joseph A. Vassallo of Somerset, police said.

Vassallo told police that his foot slipped off the brake pedal and hit the accelerator, causing the car to strike McNamara’s.

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