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Irvington Township Man Issued Summons for Multi-Vehicle Hit-and-Run Crash in Maplewood


Police in Maplewood cited an Irvington Township Man after they say he left the crash scene that involved several vehicles in Maplewood Wednesday evening. 

According to Maplewood Police Chief Jimmy DeVaul, at approximately 6:19, the Maplewood Police Department received multiple calls of a five-car crash on Prospect Street and Courter Avenue. 

Chief DeVaul said at that time, officers were dispatched to the area and immediately investigated the crash. 

While on the scene, Cheif DeVaul said officers were able to determine that the vehicles involved were traveling southbound on Prospect Street when they were struck.  A further investigation into the crash revealed that motorist William Dunn III, 58, of Irvington Township, rear-ended the vehicle in front of him on Prospect Street and Parker Avenue.

Chief DeVaul said after striking the vehicle, Mr. Dunn III reversed his vehicle from behind the car that he struck and then began to travel southbound, leaving the crash scene.

While continuing to travel southbound on Prospect Street from the accident scene, Cheif DeVaul said he struck a tree and a crosswalk sign on Prospect Street and Courter Avenue, causing his vehicle to overturn and collide with three additional cars.  


According to Chief Devaul, Mr. Dunn and one of the motorists involved in the accident requested medical attention. Dunn was transported to University Hospital in Newark and the other driver was taken to St. Barnabas Hospital for minor injuries. 

Chief DeVaul said Dunn did not appear to be under the influence of alcohol and may have experienced some medical issue.



Also, Seton Towing was dispatched to the scene and removed two vehicles due to them being inoperable due to the accident.  Mr. Dunn III was issued a summons for leaving the scene of the accident and reckless driving.