ROXBURY, NJ – The driver of a car involved in a Sept. 24 in a fatal Ledgewood car accident has been declared brain-dead and his organs will be donated to people “in need of a second chance of life,” according to a relative.
The driver, Vincent Borny, will be taken off life-support equipment on Wednesday, said his uncle. The 29-year-old Flanders resident's father, Ken Borny, died at the scene of the crash.
In a post on Facebook post Monday, Arizona resident Tom Borny discussed the aftermath of the Howard Boulevard incident that not only took the life of his 69-year-old brother, but also that of his brother’s son.
“Well it's Monday ... 2:15 a.m. and I'm sitting looking at my Facebook website and wanting to inform all my friends on Facebook that I have the worst news to share,” wrote Borny. “Not only did I lose my best friend ... Kenneth Borny, but today the doctors have informed our family that my nephew Vincent is brain-dead.”
Borny, last week, reached out in search of witnesses who saw the 4:19 p.m. crash. He said, in an interview today, that many people emailed him to express their condolences and to talk about the dangerousness of the road where the accident happened.
Roxbury police said a Ford Fiesta being driven by Vincent Borney, with his dad in the passenger seat, was struck by a Ford F-350 pickup truck driven by an 18-year-old man from Sparta. They said the crash apparently happened when Borny attempted to pull onto Howard Boulevard from the Ledgewood Plaza shopping center.
Police today said the driver of the truck was not issued any summonses or charged with any crimes. They said there is no pending investigation.
The elder Borny died at the scene. His son was rushed to Morristown Memorial Hospital.
"Unfortunately, Vincent was in a small vehicle," Borny said, thanking those who wrote. "There were three cars trying to turn left and he decided to enter Howard Boulevard prior to them turning into the shopping center. Either those three cars, or the pillar of his vehicle, blocked his view of the truck. It was just bad timing on everybody's part."
Tom Borny said his nephew suffered serious brain trauma and was placed on life-support pending a determination about his brain function that was supposed to occur last weekend.
“God Almighty Bless both their souls,” he wrote on Facebook. “Invite them both into your Kingdom. Amen. Vincent is now being prepared to donate all his giving organs to people that are in need of a second chance of life. “
He noted that his brother, a Hopatcong resident who recently moved – with his son - to Bergen County, would have turned 70 on Nov. I4. He said his brother drove a Volkswagen bus to the Woodstock festival and was a commercial artist who loved Vincent Van Gogh so much he chose Vincent as his son’s name.
“I believe Vincent will live amongst us all in the lives of people walking this earth having a second chance and everyday smiling with gratitude knowing that someone was willing to give them that love,” he wrote.