EDISON, NJ – The Edison Police announced this afternoon that it has found and issued summons to a 21-year-old man in connection with injuries that an 86-year-old Summer Street woman suffered on May 1 as she was crossing Nevsky Street. According to police, the driver did not leave the scene of the accident and was one of two individuals who offered the victim assistance.
According to Edison Police, Yevhen Bogutskiy, 21, was charged with careless driving and failure to report an accident after Edison police officers canvassed the Nevsky Street–Park Avenue neighborhood for witnesses and used social media to locate two passersby who tried to help the injured woman.
“We could not, in good conscience, charge Mr. Bogutskiy for hit-and-run driving. Our investigation shows that he did not, in fact, leave the scene. Mr. Bogutskiy was one of the two people who stopped to help this injured woman,” Lt. Robert Dudash. explained.
Police said the victim’s family members found her laying on Nevsky Street, being helped by two “good Samaritans,” at 8:45 a.m. on May 1. Believing she fell while walking, family members took her home and did not call Edison police to the scene, Lt. Dudash said. Later, physicians at the New Brunswick hospital told the victim’s family that the woman’s extensive injuries appeared consistent with being hit by a car, police said.
The woman’s family reported the incident at Edison Police Headquarters on Friday, May 3 – two days after it happened, according to Lt. Dudash.
“Family members were unaware one of the two people who helped this woman at the scene was actually Mr. Bogutskiy, who apparently stopped to render his assistance,” Lt. Dudash said.
The family later took the elderly woman to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick where her doctors found that she had fractured ribs, a collapsed lung and internal injuries, consistent with being hit by a car, police said.
Initially listed in critical condition at the New Brunswick hospital, the 86-year-old victim is now in serious, but stable condition at a private aftercare facility, according to the police.