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Whiting Man Charged with Assault by Auto

By rlsmetro on
Ocean County

Ocean County officials announced that Mr. William Andujar, 49, of Whiting, has been charged with Aggravated Assault and Assault by Auto relative to a motor vehicle crash in Berkeley Township evening hours of November 2, 2020. 

 

According to officials, on November 2, 2020, at approximately 7:00 pm., Berkeley Township Police responded to a report of a crash involving two motor vehicles in the area of West Pinewald Keswick Road. An investigation by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Vehicular Homicide Unit and Berkeley Township Police Department revealed that Andujar, who was traveling westbound in a 2010 Honda CRV, crashed into a 2003 Hyundai Elantra operated by Ms. Susan Ewing, 44, of South Toms River, from behind. 

Police said the impact forced both vehicles off the roadway into a wooded area. The victim, Ms. Ewing, sustained serious bodily injuries due to Andujar crashing into her vehicle.  Ms. Ewing was flown to Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune for treatment of those injuries.  Ms. Ewing was subsequently discharged to a rehabilitation facility where she presently remains.

 

According to police, Andujar was transported to Jersey Shore Medical Center following the crash, and a search warrant was obtained for a draw of his blood.  Laboratory results from the blood draw - received by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office on November 23, 2020 - indicated that Andujar had a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of .129 percent at the time his blood was drawn. In the State of New Jersey, an operator of a motor vehicle is presumed to be over the legal limit for alcohol consumption purposes where his/her BAC is .08 or greater. 

The laboratory results also revealed a significant quantity of Methadone in Andujar’s system.

Officials said Andujar was then charged with the following motor vehicle offenses:  Driving While Intoxicated, Reckless Driving, Careless Driving, Tailgating, Failure to Maintain Lane of Travel, Failure to Produce a Driver’s License and Failure to Produce a Valid Registration.