New Jersey Police Officers Hospitalized After Car Accident

New Jersey Police Officers Hospitalized After Car AccidentsTwo police officers in Fairfield, New Jersey, were sent to the hospital for treatment of serious injuries after a car accident on Route 46. The crash took place at 1:11 a.m. on Saturday, August 20, as the two officers were allegedly pursuing a driver they were attempting to pull over, according to the Star-Ledger.

The news source reports that the two police officers, Officer Gerald Veneziano and Sergeant Christopher Oswald, apparently crashed into each other. Police have stated that the officer and sergeant were chasing a 27-year-old man who would later be identified as Taiwan Davis, a resident of Montville, New Jersey.

This incident marks another unfortunate headline for Offficer Veneziano, who was critically injured when he was allegedly shot six times in the line of duty in January of 2010. The man charged with the attempted murder of Veneziano is alleged to be mentally disturbed, characterized by his defense attorney as unfit to stand trial and currently residing in a psychiatric hospital in Trenton, the Star-Ledger reports. Veneziano had only recently returned to full and active duty before the car accident.

Deputy Chief Anthony Manna, of the Fairfield Police Department, told the news source that the officers were heading west on Route 46 after Davis, who attempted to flee by suddenly exiting the highway via a closed ramp.

Allegedly, once he turned back onto the highway, Davis was right in front of Sergeant Oswald, who was heading in his direction. The sergeant swerved quickly to avoid Davis’ vehicle, and ended up crashing into Officer Veneziano, who had been trying to cross the highway median in his cruiser, hitting the rear of the officer’s car with the front of his own vehicle.

Both Veneziano and Oswald were taken to Morristown Medical Center for treatment. According to Deputy Chief Manna, Veneziano remained in the hospital past the evening of August 20 so he could be given an MRI for an injury to his neck. The staff at Morristown released Oswald at approximately 5 a.m. after receiving care for various injuries to his right leg.

Deputy Chief Manna stated that Davis was eventually taken in by Montville police and charged with driving while intoxicated, eluding police and other offenses.

In Essex County, where Fairfield is located, a total of 25,329 automobiles crashed occurred during 2010, a decrease from the 28,244 reported in 2009, according to the New Jersey Department of Transportation.