Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and New Jersey State Police Superintendant Colonel Joseph R. Fuentes announce that two additional counts were filed today against a Brooklyn man who was charged in the death of a 45-year-old Ocean Township man yesterday.
Aleksander Isserovich, 38, of Brooklyn, New York, is now charged with death by auto in the second degree and causing death by auto while operating a motor vehicle with a suspended New Jersey driver’s license in the third degree. He previously was charged with driving under the influence for causing an accident on Route 440 South at 3:36 p.m. on September 6, 2017.
Jason Appio, 45, of Ocean Township in Mounmouth County was pronounced dead at 4:40 p.m. at Raritan Bay Medical Center - Perth Amboy Division, where he was taken following the crash.
Three other drivers who were invoved in the crash were taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick and were treated for minor injuries.
Isserovich is being held at the Middlesex County Adult Corrections Center pending a Detention Hearing scheduled for September 8, 2017 in New Brunswick before Judge Michael Toto.
The crash is being investigated by the New Jersey State Police and Detective Donald Heck of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.
The investigation determined that Isserovich was traveling on Route 440 South, near milepost 2.7, and rear ended the Hyundai Sonata driven by Appio. The Sonata jolted forward striking another passenger vehicle. The tractor trailer then jackknifed and struck two other passenger cars. A 911 call reported that the driver of a tractor trailer was driving erratically before the crash.
The investigation is active and is continuing.
Anyone with information is asked to call New Jersey State Police at (908) 725-0701 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 Isserovich are merely accusations and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.