Linden police accuse Elizabeth firefighter of careless driving, DUI

An Elizabeth firefighter who serves on the city’s school board was charged with careless driving and driving under the influence, after allegedly crashing his car into another vehicle in Linden.
On Oct. 15, police responded to a report of an accident at the intersection of South Park Avenue and Route 1. 

Daniel Nina, who is an Elizabeth firefighter and elected member of the city’s school board, was turning left from Route 1 North onto South Park Avenue around 3 a.m. on Oct. 15, when his Kia collided with a Chevy that was heading south on Route 1, according to Linden police.

A 56-year-old Roselle woman, the driver of the Chevy, was treated for minor injuries at Trinitas Regional Medical Center in Elizabeth, police said. 

Edward Kologi, Nina’s lawyer, said he is still gathering evidence related to the charges and the case could take several months to resolve. 

Nina has a court appearance tentatively scheduled for Nov. 20.

“We will vigorously defend any allegations of inappropriate or unlawful conduct by Mr. Nina,” Kologi said.

The school district and municipal fire officials had no comment, except to say that no action would be taken prior to a resolution of pending litigation.

State records show Nina earns an annual salary of $88,640 for his job as an Elizabeth firefighter. Members of the Board of Education serve without compensation.

In 2015, Nina was recognized by the state Fireman’s Mutual Benevolent Association with a Valor Award for his role in the aerial rescue of two children, who were being held out the window of a fourth-floor apartment during a fire on Aug. 29, 2014 at 610 Salem Avenue shortly after 8 p.m. .

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