NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A Plainfield man has been arrested and charged with causing the auto-related fatality of a 70-year-old woman announced Sunday by Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and Chief Thomas J. Bryan of the Edison Police Department.
Chiwueze Ebere, 29, of Plainfield was charged with death by auto following the crash that caused the death of Wupiju Lin, 70, of Edison. The victim died after the car in which she was riding was struck by the defendant’s car at Route 1 south and Plainfield Avenue in Edison on June 27, 2015 at 11:34 p.m.
The victim was taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, where she was pronounced dead at 12:22 a.m. today.
Ebere was being held at the Middlesex County Adult Corrections Center in North Brunswick. Bail was set at $50,000.
An investigation was initiated by Officer Joseph Chonka of the Edison Police Department and Detective Donald Heck of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.
The investigation determined that Ebere, who was driving a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee, was heading south on Route 1 when he ran a red light and crashed into a 2002 Acura RL that was being driven by the victim’s husband, who was on Plainfield Avenue and was crossing Route 1.
Following the collision, the victim’s vehicle crashed into a third car, a 2011 Honda Civic, which was stopped on Plainfield Avenue and waiting for the traffic light to turn green. Two people in that vehicle were not injured.
But a passenger in Ebere’s car, and the husband driving the victim’s vehicle, were taken to the New Brunswick hospital for examinations. The extent of their injuries, if any, were not immediately determined.
The investigation is active and is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call Officer Chonka of the Edison Police Department at (732) 248-7400, or Detective Heck of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-3711.
As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charge against Ebere is merely an accusation and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.