Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey announced that a Brooklyn man has been sentenced to serve seven years in prison for causing the death of a 45-year-old Ocean Township man and injuring three others while driving under the influence.
Officials said Aleksander Isserovich, 39, of Brooklyn, New York, was sentenced on May 18th by Superior Court Judge Michael A. Toto, who ordered that the defendant must complete 85 percent of the term before he can be eligible for parole.
According to authorities, Isserovich was sentenced to 7-years in a New Jersey state prison for vehicular homicide. He was also sentenced to three 12-month terms for assault by auto, one for each victim that was injured in the crash. These terms are to run concurrent to the 7-year prison term. Isserovich received concurrent time for driving under the influence.
In addition, the judge ordered that Isserovich is subject to a 10-year loss of license to begin upon his release from prison.
Officials said Isserovich pleaded guilty on Feb. 8th, to death by auto, three counts of assault by auto, and driving under the influence of controlled and dangerous substances which caused the death of Jason Appio and injured three others in the fatal crash on September 6, 2017.
The defendant was charged following an investigation by New Jersey State Trooper Rafael Castro and Detective Donald Heck of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office which determined that Isserovich was driving a tractor trailer on Route 440 South 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.
Police said Jason Appio, 45, of Ocean Township, was pronounced dead at Raritan Bay Medical Center - Perth Amboy Division. The drivers of the three other vehicles were taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick and were treated for their injuries.