According to police reports, 63 year-old Robert Ryczaj from Elizabeth was turning left from Employee Road onto Route 57 at around 6:30 a.m. when his van collided with a red Hyundai operated by 69 year-old Diane Scwabe from Washington.
Scwabe’s vehicle sustained heavy damage and she has to be extricated from the vehicle. Scwabe sustained moderate injuries from the crash and was taken to Morristown Memorial Hospital for treatment. Ryczaj and a female passenger inside his vehicle suffered minor injuries and were taken to Hackettstown Medical Center.
Police are still investigating what caused the crash to occur.
We would like to send our sympathies to the victims injured in this crash. We wish them all a speedy recovery from their injuries.
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.Written by: Brach Eichler Injury Lawyers Last Updated : December 15, 2021