BELMAR, NJ — A borough man faces multiple charges in connection with a June 1 hit-and-run that left two pedestrians injured, including a 23-year-old woman from Westfield, authorities said.
Michael J. Spivak, 30, was arrested on Thursday by the Belmar Police and charged with one count of second-degree aggravated assault, two counts of third-degree endangering an injured victim, two counts of third-degree aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and one count of fourth-degree assault by automobile, the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office announced.
“Law enforcement officials during the initial investigation were able to identify the vehicle and driver within 36 hours of the collision,” the prosecutor’s office statement said. “An extensive criminal investigation continued and led to the charges based on the actions of the driver and the serious injuries sustained by the victims.”
Spivak is being held at the Monmouth County Correctional Institution in Freehold, authorities said. Although the prosecutor’s office did not name the victims, an investigation report made by Belmar police shortly after the accident identified them as Carly Friedman, 23, of Westfield, and Joseph Mallett, 23, of Emerson.
According to that report, the driver, who is now alleged to be Spivak, got in a fight with Mallett before he and Friedman were hit by the SUV at about 1:28 a.m. on E Street near 15th Avenue in Belmar. Mallett was “hanging from the left side of the vehicle,” when the driver pulled out of a parking space on the west side of E Street near 15th Avenue, the report said.
The driver then hit Friedman with the right corner of the vehicle, and both she and Mallett were dragged by the vehicle until becoming dislodged “in a different area,” the report said.
The driver, whose vehicle was described a silver-colored Cadillac Escalade, fled the scene, heading north on E Street, the report said, adding that the full-size sport utility was not damaged. Both Friedman and Mallett were transported to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune.
Friedman suffered serious injuries to her lower body, back and legs, according to a GoFundMe page established to help defray her medical and other costs related to her recovery.
“She was run over by the car, crushing her lower body and leading to multiple serious fractures and other injuries,” the page states.
In July, Olivia Schiffer, a childhood friend of Friedman's, said her friend had seen an outpouring of community support.
“Carly is strong, resilient and optimistic,” Schiffer told TAPinto Westfield. “None of this has been easy for her, but she is on the road to recovery. The damage to her lower extremities was severe and extensive. However, Carly is expected to make a full recovery.”