BEDMINSTER, NJ – A 66-year-old township resident is dead following a two-vehicle crash on Routes 202/206 intersection at River Road, with the second driver charged with Driving Under the Influence and several other related charges, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.
Michael C. Sivulich, 65, Bedminster was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced deceased. The driver of the other car, George L. Rodriguez, Teal Lane, Bedminster sustained internal injuries and is being treated at an area hospital. Each was the sole occupant of their vehicle. There were no other injuries, according to Robertson.
The collision was called in to Bedminster Police at 6:47 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13. Both vehicles suffered extensive damages. The crash caused extensive traffic back-ups.
Rodriquez is charged with second degree Death by Auto and third degree Causing Death while Operating a Motor Vehicle while Suspended. Rodriquez has also been issued the following motor vehicle summonses by Bedminster Township Police: Driving While Intoxicated, Revoked Driver, Reckless Driving, Careless Driving, Unsafe Lane Change, and Improper Crossing on a Divided Highway, according to Robertson.
When released from the hospital, Rodriquez will be transported to the Somerset County Jail for lodging pending a bail detention hearing, according to Robertson, who said Rodriguez is under police guard at the hospital.
Rodriquez was driving a 2005 GMC Envoy northbound on Route 202/206 in the inner/left lane amd as he approached the intersection of River Road, crossed into the southbound side of the highway by driving to the left of the center concrete median and striking Sivulich who was operating a 2009 Nissan Sentra southbound in the outer right lane, according to Robertson.
Preliminary findings are that Rodriquez was under the influence at the time of the collision, Robertson said.
The crash is being investigated by Bedminster Township Police along with investigators from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Collision Analysis Reconstruction Team (CART).
Robertson requests anyone with information relating to this incident to contact the Bedminster Township Police Department at (908) 234-0585 or via the STOPit app.
The STOPit app allows citizens to provide anonymous reports including videos and photos. STOPit can be downloaded to your smart phone for free at the Google Play Store or Apple App Store, access code: SOMERSETNJ.
Information can also be provided through the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477). All anonymous STOPit reports and Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.