ROXBURY, NJ – The brother of a man killed Tuesday in a Ledgewood car crash has an idea about what happened, but he's asking for help from witnesses.
The man, Arizona resident Tom Borny, said people who saw what happened can email him at email@example.com.
“I don’t know much (about how it happened),” Borny said. “I was born and raised in New Jersey, so I know the area my brother was coming out of. It’s an area where there are no traffic lights and you have to cross over Howard Boulevard from the shopping center (if you want to go north).”
Borny’s 69-year-old brother, Kenneth, was killed in the crash. He was the passenger in a Ford Fiesta being driven by his son, 28-year-old Vincent Borny, who suffered major brain trauma and is on life support at Morristown Memorial Hospital, according to Borny.
He said Vincent lived with his father. His mother, Elaine, died of cancer four years ago.
Borny said his brother recently sold his house in Sussex County and bought a townhouse in Bergen County for himself and his son. Although police listed the father and son's address as being Stanhope, Borny said his brother's house was actually in Hopatcong.
Heading to Their New Home
“My nephew was driving,” he said. “They just sold their home in Hopatcong and moved into new townhouse in Wallington. I know he wanted to go back to the house to pick-up some leftover belongings. Since it was like 4 o’clock, I figure they were at the house and swung by that liquor store (in the Ledgewood Plaza shopping center) to get some stuff to take to their new place.”
The Fiesta was struck by a Ford F-350 being driven by an 18-year-old Sparta resident, police said. They have yet to release further information, including the name of the pickup driver and whether any summonses were issued.
“At that time of day, it is very difficult to cross Howard Boulevard,” Borny said. “They probably were trying to cross to head north to Route 80 to go home.”
Borny said his brother was a retired commercial artist and graphic designer. His nephew is a graduate of Full Sail University, where he studied music production engineering. He recently became engaged to be married, his uncle said.
Borny said his other brother, Bob, is a Sparta resident and a dentist. “Bob is doing all the legwork in New Jersey,” he said. “We’re waiting to see what happens with Vincent. We should know by Saturday. The neurosurgeon wants to see if he has any stimuli.”
For now, Borny simply wants to get clear knowledge about how the accident happened.
“I’m familiar with the area and I’m trying to trace back their steps,” he said. “I talked to my brother almost every other day. He expressed to me he had to get back to old house one more time to pick up leftover belongings.”