Chatham Official Killed, Borough Administrator Seriously Injured in Motorcycle Accident

c6eddb13a18e1cc35fe9_11_1_.jpg
Charles Dziedzic was killed in the accident on April 23 just outside of Little Rock. Credits: The Dziedzic family
32e5f2e762821b855ec3_falzarano.jpg
Chatham Borough Administrator Robert Falzarano was seriously injured on April 23 in a motorcycle accident that killed Deputy Director of Public Works Charles Dziedzic. Credits: TheAlternativePress.com
c6eddb13a18e1cc35fe9_11_1_.jpg

CHATHAM BOROUGH, NJ - Shock waves are continuing to reverberate through the Borough of Chatham as news is spreading of the Monday motorcycle accident that killed a borough official and seriously injured two others, including the borough administrator.

Department of Public Works Deputy Director Charles Dziedzic, 59, was killed in Lonoke, Arkansas shortly after 5 p.m. Monday.  Borough Administrator Robert Falzarano and his brother, George Falzarano, both of Long Hill Township, were seriously injured.

All three men were on their way home from a cross country motorcycle trip that began on April 6.

Sign Up for E-News

According to the Arkansas State Police, the accident occurred on Interstate 40 eastbound at mile post 173.5 just east of Little Rock. The chain of events began with a minivan that caught fire in the left lane of the highway which caused traffic to suddenly stop. As the motorcyclists were slowing to a stop, they were struck from behind by a Chevrolet Tahoe driven by James Hearon of Ward, Arkansas. Hearon was ejected from his vehicle when it rolled onto the median.

Authorities say Dziedzic was killed instantly while Robert and George Falzarano were seriously injured. Robert was airlifted to the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences Hospital while George was taken to Baptist Health Medical Center in North Little Rock. George was later transferred to University of Arkansas Medical Sciences Hospital.

The families of both men arrived in Little Rock this morning. The accident is still under investigation by the Arkansas State Police.

"We are just devastated," Chatham Mayor Bruce Harris said this morning. "We are doing all we can for Charlie's family, and we are hoping for the best for Robert and George. It's just horrible news."

Charles Dziedzic previously worked at the Morris County Road Department before coming to the Borough of Chatham in 1991. He was also a Special Police Officer in the Borough of Wharton. He is survived by his wife Linda, daughters Shelley and Amy, Ron Marchetti and grandson Domenick Charles Marchetti.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Chatham

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_e54353bd68f7785329f6_donate-blood

Fri, April 27, 2:00 PM

Madison Area YMCA - Kroll Conference Room, Madison

Blood Drive

Giving Back Health & Wellness Other

Sun, May 20, 2:00 PM

Chatham Township Municipal Building, Chatham

A Tour of Chatham Township and Green Village

Arts & Entertainment

Robotics and Turkey Sandwiches

April 24, 2018

April 22, 2018

Below is the thank you letter written to all of the groups involved in a wonderful service project today in support of Bridges Outreach, a Summit based organization that has been aiding local homeless friends for 30 years.

Dear Central Presbyterian Kindergartners, Stanley Family and friends, Fear the Gear, Columbia High School robotics and Washington Avenue School ...

Chatham Education Foundation's Second 'Casino Royale' Grosses Over $100,000

April 24, 2018

Sometimes the sequel is better than the original! Chatham Education Foundation honored grant recipients and celebrated 21 years of providing grant funding to the School District to the Chathams at its second Casino Royale on Friday, April 20.

The sold-out event, held at Fairmount Country Club grossed over $100K for the School District of the Chathams.

With 300 attendees, including Jill ...