Accident. A mid-morning accident on Route 1 South on April 9 sent a Sayreville man to the hospital after he slammed his sedan into the back of a tractor trailer that was stopped in traffic.
According to Lieutenant Brian Melnick, Mohamad K. Afifi, 66, of Sayreville was heading south on Route 1, just before Fisher Place at 10:12 a.m. when he slammed into a tractor trailer driven by David W. Steackler, 52, of Lakeville, PA. “The driver was stopped in traffic in the center lane,” said Melnick. “It was a red light at the time.”
Crews had to extricate Afifi from the car, which crumbled under the tractor trailer. He was sent to the Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton and was listed in stable condition on April 10 with non-life threatening injuries. He did suffer a broken leg and broken arm and some internal injuries.
Melnick said there was “no real evidence he attempted to stop behind the tractor trailer” and that he was issued a summons for careless driving.
Burglary/Theft. A Hamilton resident was the victim of theft on April 2 in the Clarion Hotel parking lot. Officer Walter Silcox said someone siphoned approximately 12 gallons of gasoline from the victim’s car. The gasoline was worth approximately $30.
A Plainsboro resident was the victim of theft between March 17 and 27. Officer Michael Bollentin said someone removed the car’s dash cluster and cruise control, worth a total $650, while it was parked at the Pep Boys parking lot on Route 1 South.
A Bonita Springs, FL, resident was the victim of theft on March 31. Officer Michael McMahon said someone broke into the victim’s car through the passenger side door and stole a laptop worth $1,500.
A Pennington resident was the victim of theft on March 31. Officer Frank Bal said someone stole her wallet while she shopped in Sam’s Club. The total value of the contents stolen from the wallet was $1,100.
A Windridge Court resident was the victim of theft on March 31. Officer Ted Hojnacki said someone stole the victim’s BMX bike, which he left unlocked in the breezeway of building 6205 Windridge Court. The bike was worth $459.
Drug Arrests. Erick R. Haugen, 30, of Hoboken, was charged April 4 with possession of marijuana under 50 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia. Officer Lee Brodowski said he stopped him on Route 1 North at Carnegie Center Boulevard for having an inoperable brake light and found he was in possession of the drugs. He was also charged with maintenance of lamps.
Michael J. Wallenburg, 22, of Camden was charged April 3 with possession of LSD and marijuana. Officer Walter Silcox said he stopped the car in which he was a passenger for speeding on Route 1 North at Varsity Avenue and found he was in possession of under 50 grams of marijuana as well as the LSD.
Joyce F. Himaia, 26, and Sable C. Rivera, 23, both of Hamilton, were charged April 2 with possession of marijuana under 50 grams. Officer Jason Jones said he stopped them on Quakerbridge Road at Village Road for failing to keep right and found marijuana located inside the passenger compartment. Himaia was also charged with failure to keep right, having an unregistered vehicle, and having an uninsured vehicle.