LIVINGSTON, NJ — In addition to responding to a report of a teen struck outside Livingston High School (LHS) and a motor vehicle accident that led to a drug arrest last week, Livingston police also took 15 reports of unlocked cars being burglarized overnight on Sunday, Jan. 19.
Livingston High School Student Struck While Crossing Madonna Drive
A male 15-year-old LHS student was crossing Madonna Drive on Jan. 14 when he was struck by a vehicle and transported to Morristown Medical Center with a possible head injury.
According to police, the student was attempting to cross the street to retrieve wrestling gear from a parent who was parked on the opposite side at the time of the incident. The driver of a 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan, identified as 53-year-old male from Wharton, was unable to avoid striking the teen when the teen unexpectedly emerged from between two school busses, police said.
No summonses were issued, and there is no further information at this time.
15 Vehicles Burglarized Overnight in Livingston Driveways
According to Livingston police, there were 15 reports of unlocked cars being burglarized on Fellswood Drive, Alcott Drive, North Ridge Drive and Bryant Drive in the early hours of Sunday, Jan. 19.
At approximately 2 a.m., officers responded to a call from a resident of Fellswood Drive who reported seeing two men pulling on the door handles of cars parked in his driveway. According to police, the resident shouted out to the men before calling police and told the officers that the suspects ran off toward Greenwood Court.
Although the suspects were gone when police arrived, responding officers canvassed the area and located footprints in the snow leading to cars parked in several other driveways on Fellswood.
An investigation revealed that all of the cars had been entered, and wallets, cash and credit cards were found to be missing from the unlocked vehicles, according to police.
Livingston police continued to receive reports of car burglaries into the daylight hours on Sunday as residents of the aforementioned streets woke up to find that their cars had been entered.
A surveillance video shared on the Livingston NJ Police Department Facebook page shows suspects attempting to enter a vehicle on one of these streets. The post includes a message from Livingston police that reads, “It’s as simple as locking your cars!”
Livingston police urge residents to lock their cars and remove all valuables and key fobs from vehicles at all times and especially overnight.
Accident Involving Overturned Vehicle Leads to Arrest of West Orange Man
On Jan. 15, at approximately 12:55 a.m., Livingston police responded to the area of E. Mt. Pleasant Avenue and Force Hill Road on reports of a motor vehicle accident.
According to police, Gavrel Golan, 42, of West Orange was operating a 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee and traveling west on E. Mt. Pleasant Avenue when the vehicle left the roadway, struck a pole and overturned. Golan told responding officers that he had dropped his cell phone and reached down to pick it up, taking his eyes off the road just prior to the collision.
Golan was medically cleared at the scene and questioned by officers, who believed that Golan was under the influence. According to police, Golan told officers he had used a vape pen with THC oil earlier in the night. He was found to have several vials of THC oil and THC wax in his possession along with a vape pen and other drug paraphernalia, according to police.
The driver was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana, possession of synthetic marijuana, drug paraphernalia and several traffic violations. According to police, Golan was released with summonses and will appear in court at a later date.