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New Jersey Man Busted For Drugs Just Before Fatal DUI Crash


Date: September 4, 2018

RARITAN, NJ – On 7th of July, cops pulled over 62-year-old Ronald B. Rebernik and searched his car in which they found drugs. They took him into custody for drug possession. He was released on summons after which he hit a Raritan borough family as he was driving intoxicated due to which a 1-year-old baby lost his life.

A footage released by the police showed the cops searching his vehicle and one of them asking if there are drugs in the vehicle for which he replied that there are 7 bags of heroin, but no needles. They found 1 bag of heroin in his shirt’s pocket as well as 2 bags of crack cocaine. Video footage shows cops taking him into custody.

He was released after his court date was scheduled. On his way back, he struck a Raritan borough family as they were going to a park to celebrate Matias Ortega’s first birthday, who was dragged under the vehicle and died. His vehicle stopped after hitting a parked car.

The accident happened around 7:15 p.m.

The mother of the baby, 36-year-old Domitila Rosales and brother, 5-year-old Daniel Ortega, sustained life-threatening injuries in the accident due to which they are still in critical condition at the hospital.

The charges of Rebernik included:

  • DUI
  • Second-degree vehicular homicide
  • 2 counts of third-degree assault by auto
  • Possession of a controlled dangerous substance

He is also summoned for reckless driving. He will stay in jail until he appears in court.

News Source: www.Patch.com

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Attorney James A. Abate practices Criminal Defense, DWI Defense, Business Litigation, Real Estate & Personal injury cases in Union County, New Jersey.