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.
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.