Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and Chief Jeffrey Nelson of the Dunellen Police Department said today that a 27-year-old borough man has been arrested and charged with intentionally driving his vehicle into a pedestrian, who remains hospitalized.
Eric Locke, 27, of Dunellen was charged with aggravated assault; leaving the scene of a crash causing serious bodily injury, and failure to render aid to the victim, a 25-year-old man from South Bound Brook.
Locke was charged during an investigation by Sgt. Jeff Del Buono of the Dunellen Police Department and Detective Donald Heck of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.
The victim, whose identity is being withheld at this time, remains hospitalized and is listed in critical condition.
During the investigation it was determined that the victim was a passenger in the defendant’s vehicle, a 1999 Chevrolet Lumina, when the men became involved in a dispute.
The victim got out of the vehicle and was walking on Orange Street, near Columbia Park, when he was struck by the vehicle on April 5, 2017 at 10:48 p.m.
The defendant fled the scene, but was located by police, who charged him with the assault.
The investigation is active and is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call Sgt. Del Buono of the Dunellen Police Department at (732) 968-3000, extension 230, or Detective Heck of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-8842.
As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against Locke are merely accusations and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
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