PERTH AMBOY – Police arrested a South Amboy motorist who was charged with vehicular homicide after striking a pedestrian Tuesday morning on Route 35 in Perth Amboy, according to Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan and Perth Amboy Deputy Chief E.J. McDonald.
Jonathan K. Ruck, 39, of South Amboy, was arrested and charged following the death of Pedro Gomez, a 37-year-old Perth Amboy resident who was struck as he was walking to work.
An investigation by Perth Amboy Police Officer Brandon Bucior and Investigator Jeffrey Temple of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office determined that Ruck was heading northbound on Route 35 when his sports utility vehicle jumped the curb, traveled on the sidewalk, and hit Gomez at 5:43 a.m.
Ruck’s vehicle, which was approaching the intersection at Sayre Avenue, subsequently hit a telephone pole.
Gomez was taken to Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, where he was pronounced dead at 6:35 a.m. The results of an autopsy performed by the Middlesex County Medical Examiner’s Office were not immediately available.
Ruck, who sustained minor injuries, also was taken to the city hospital, where he was treated and released to police custody. Bail has not yet been set.
Ruck was charged after police determined he operated his vehicle recklessly while under the influence of drugs and/or extreme fatigue, authorities said. The results of a blood test are expected next week.
Authorities are asking anyone with information about the case to call Investigator Temple at 1-732-745- 3373.
Officials noted that the charge against Ruck is merely an accusation and he is innocent until proven guilty.
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