RARITAN, NJ - A viewing for the 1-year-old Raritan boy killed on Anderson Street July 7 will be held this week at St. Ann Church, in Raritan, according to an obituary released by the Bongiovi Funeral Home.
Matias Ortega-Rosales was killed on the evening of his first birthday when a vehicle hit two cars and then his family as he was being pushed in a stroller by his mother, Domitila Rosales. Rosales and her 5-year-old son, Daniel Ortega, who was walking with them, have since been released from the hospital and are recovering at home.
Viewing will be held July 19 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at St. Ann Church, followed by an 11 a.m. funeral mass.
Ortega-Rosales was born July 7, 2017, in Somerville, to parents Domitila Rosales and Lorenzo Ortega. He is survived by his parents; brother, Daniel; grandparents, aunts; uncles; and other loving family members.
Ronald B. Rebernik, 62, of Second Street, has been charged with second degree vehicular homicide, two counts of third degree assault by auto, third degree possession of a controlled dangerous substance and a disorderly persons offense of being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance in the crash. He was also issued motor vehicle summonses for driving while intoxicated, driving while intoxicated in a school zone, careless driving, reckless driving and having a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle.
According to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael Robertson, the investigation revealed that Rebernik was driving a 2004 Ford Escape southbound on Anderson Street when he crossed to the northbound side, struck two parked cars, left the roadway and continued southbound on the sidewalk where he struck the family. Rebernik, Robertson said, then continued southbound on the sidewalk and re-entered the roadway where he hit two more parked cars on the northbound side of Anderson Street before being disabled.
Rebernik has been taken to Somerset County Jail pending a detention hearing.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to raise funds for the family for funeral and other costs. As of Monday, the fund has raised $26,735 of a $50,000 goal.
To donate to the family, visit https://www.gofundme.com/matias-ortega-baby-rip.
Vigils have been held at a memorial set up for Ortega-Rosales on Anderson Street, with local residents gathering to pay their respects.