North Brunswick Man Charged With Auto Fatality

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NORTH BRUNSWICK — A township man has been charged with causing a drunk-driving crash that killed a 41-year-old motorist, Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan and Kenneth McCormick, director of the North Brunswick Police Department, announced Monday.

George Rizzo, 30, of North Brunswick was charged on May 18 with aggravated manslaughter after he ran a red light on May 15 and crashed into a car driven by Claudia Lopez, also of North Brunswick.

Lopez was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after the crash at 9:02 p.m.

An investigation by Officer Jason Zier of the North Brunswick Police Department and Investigator Gregory Morris of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office alleges that Rizzo was grossly intoxicated and driving recklessly at the time of the crash.

The investigation further showed that Rizzo was driving south on Route 1 in a 2003 Dodge Durango, which was missing its right front and right rear tires.

He subsequently ignored the red light at the intersection at North Oaks Boulevard and broadsided a 2000 Nissan Sentra as it was being driven through the intersection by Lopez, who had the green light.

Superior Court Judge Diane Pincus set bail at $350,000 for Rizzo and said he must post the full amount, and not the ten percent cash option.

As conditions of bail, Pincus ordered Rizzo to surrender his driver license and not operate a motor vehicle.

Rizzo was charged after he surrendered to police in the North Brunswick on May 18. He was released after posting bail.

Authorities are asking anyone who may have seen Rizzo or his Durango before the crash to call Officer Zier of the North Brunswick Police Department at 1-732-247-0922, ext. 316, or Investigator Morris of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at 1-732-745- 3927.

As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charge against Rizzo is merely an accusation and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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