Summit – Police Officer Seriously Injured in Collision
A Summit Police Officer was hospitalized with serious injuries after a motor vehicle accident at an intersection in Summit early Monday morning, April 20.
According to reports, 31 year-old Anthony Pyzik was monitoring a motor vehicle pursuit of a stolen vehicle in the eastbound lanes of Morris Avenue when the vehicle driven by the suspect veered off the center line and collided into Pyzik’s police vehicle in the intersection of Lower Overlook Road and Morris Avenue at around 12:15 a.m.
Pyzik sustained severe injuries from the crash, including several lacerations on the head, and fractures to the femur, hip and wrist. Pyzik was rushed to Morristown Medical Center for treatment.
The suspects, 18 year-old Walleed Wheeler was charged with second degree eluding and second degree aggravated assault on a police officer, third degree receiving stolen property, and third degree possession of heroin. A passenger, 20 year-old Dante Brown, was charged with third degree receiving stolen property.
We would like to send out sympathies to the police officer injured in this incident. We wish the officer a speedy recovery.
Vehicular crashes are one of the most common causes of injuries and fatalities in the state of New Jersey. In a report published by the New Jersey State Police Fatal Accidents Investigation Unit, there were 591 recorded fatal crashes that occurred in 2017, which caused 624 fatalities.
In 158 of the 591 crashes, Driving While Intoxicated (alcohol and/or drugs) was listed as the major contributing factor. There were 174 people killed as a result of these 158 crashes. Speeding was another major contributing factor to these crashes being listed as a factor in 61 of the crashes. Driving while distracted seems to be the biggest factor as it was listed as a cause for 196 crashes.
We urge drivers to observe and follow the laws while driving, and to remain focused while driving so that they can react accordingly to situations that may suddenly pop up on the roadway. Drivers should be more careful when driving while visibility is low, and they should also check their car before going on the roadway. Being more diligent and prepared can help lessen accidents on the roads of New Jersey.
If someone you care about was killed or severely injured in an accident, there may be a lot going through your head. The NJ injury attorneys of Brach Eichler Trial Lawyers have helped people like you fight for justice. We will discuss all of your legal options with you, free of charge. Call (973) 364-8300 to get in touch with one of our knowledgeable attorneys.
Note: This blog reports on the types of cases our firm has extensive experience handling. It is painful to learn of the prevalence of these serious accidents, and it is our sincere hope that future catastrophes can be avoided. Our blog posts are written from scouring recent news stories. As more information is revealed, these stories may be updated. If the information in this blog article is outdated or false, please let us know so we can add updates or corrections.
Disclaimer: By showing the frequency of these serious accidents, Brach Eichler Trial Lawyers hopes that more will be done to prevent them. Another aim is to give readers information that can be used to help them reduce the likelihood they are involved in a serious accident. Content on our blog is not legal advice.