FREEHOLD NJ — A Belmar man faces multiple charges in connection with a Belmar hit-and-run accident in the early-morning hours of June 1 that left two pedestrians injured, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.
Michael J. Spivak, 30, was arrested on December 5 by the Belmar Police Department and has been charged with one count of second-degree aggravated assault, two counts of third-degree endangering an injured victim, two counts of third-degree aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and one count of fourth-degree assault by automobile, the office said in a press release.
Spivak is being held at the Monmouth County Correctional Institution, Freehold.
“We are pleased that an arrest has been made. This has been a tragic incident for the victims, who are still recovering from their injuries, as well as their families,” said Belmar Police Chief Andrew Huisman in a press release.
The case was a joint investigation with the Belmar Police Department, Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and the Spring Lake Police Department — collaboration that quickly led to the discovery of the suspect and the vehicle within 36 hours of the collision, according to Belmar police.
An extensive criminal investigation continued and led to the charges based on the actions of the driver and the serious injuries sustained by the victims,, the release said.
Although neither the prosecutor’s office nor the Belmar police named the victims in their statements, an investigation report made by Belmar police shortly after the accident identified them as Joseph Mallett, 23, of Emerson and Carly Friedman, 23, of Westfield.
According to that report, the driver, who is now alleged to be Spivak, was involved in an altercation with Mallett before he and Friedman were struck by the vehicle at about 1:28 a.m. on E Street near 15th Avenue. Mallett was “hanging from the left side of the vehicle,” when the driver pulled out of a parking space on the west side of E Street near 15th Avenue, the report said.
At that point, the driver also struck Friedman with the right corner of the vehicle, and both she and Mallett were dragged by the vehicle until becoming dislodged “in a different area,” the report said.
The driver, whose vehicle was described a silver-colored Cadillac Escalade, fled the scene, heading north on E Street, the report said, adding that the full-size sport utility was not damaged. Both Friedman and Mallett were transported to Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune City.
While Mallett sustain moderate injuries, Friedman suffered serious injuries to her lower body, back and legs, according to a GoFundMe page established to help defray her medical and other costs related to her recovery.
On June 12 in neighboring Wall, Spivak was involved in a car crash on Route 138, when he failed to observe a red traffic light, resulting in his vehicle striking the light stanchion at Route 138 and Allenwood Road, overturning and hitting another vehicle, according to police.
He was charged with driving while under the influence, possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana, reckless driving and failure to maintain lanes, police said.
No one was injured in the incident. The disposition of those charges against Spivak was not known.
Despite all charges, every defendant is presumed innocent, unless and until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, following a trial at which the defendant has all of the trial rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and state law.
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