CHATHAM BOROUGH, NJ - A memorial service for Charles Dziedzic will be held on Monday, April 30 at St. Vincent’s Roman Catholic Church, 26 Green Village Road, Madison. The service will start at 10 a.m. and the Chatham Borough Municipal Offices as well as the Department of Public Works will be closed for the day.
Dziedzic, the deputy director of public works in the borough, was killed in Lonoke, Arkansas on April 23. Borough Administrator Robert Falzarano and his brother, George Falzarano, both of Long Hill Township, were seriously injured. As of today, there have been no updates on the condition of either of the Falzaranos.
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.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.