MOUNT OLIVE, NJ – An online fundraiser has been launched on behalf of a Roxbury man killed Sept. 29 when a Budd Lake woman pulled in front of him as he drove his motorcycle on Route 46.
The man, John Zaki, 47, of Landing, died at Morristown Medical Center after being airlifted following the 2 p.m. accident, police said.
Zaki worked for the State Police Communications Bureau in Trenton as a communications tech and was a member of Our Lady of the Lake Catholic church in Mount Arlington, according to the State Police and his obituary.
A GoFundMe online fundraiser on behalf of his family was started Thursday by Lisa Watts and Tim Farley. It can be found here.
Police said the fatality took place in the Budd Lake area of Route 46 near Chamberlain Road. They said Brielle Kraus, 22, pulled a 2002 Toyota out of a residential driveway onto Route 46 and into the path of Zaki.
When police arrived, they found Zaki in the left eastbound lane of the highway. The responding officers also saw the Toyota “stopped in the middle of the eastbound lanes with a motorcycle visible under the front of the vehicle,” police added.
They said Zaki was “thrown clear of the motorcycle onto the roadway” after the bike struck the car. The Budd Lake First Aid Squad and paramedics from St. Clare’s Hospital rendered aid to Zaki who was flown by helicopter to Morristown “where he ultimately succumbed to his injuries,” police said.
The accident remains under investigation, according to police.
The State Police, in a Facebook post, said Zaki began working for their Communications Support Unit in March. They said he is survived by his wife, Lauren Siano-Zaki, his two daughters, his mother, mother-in-law, his brother, his niece and his nephew.
“John and his family will forever be a part of the Blue and Gold family,” wrote the State Police. “They remain in our thoughts and prayers. Please keep them in yours.”