Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer announced that William Andujar, 49, of Whiting, has been charged with Aggravated Assault in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1b(1) and Assault by Auto in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1c(2), relative to a motor vehicle crash which occurred in Berkeley Township during the evening hours of November 2, 2020. Additionally, Andujar was charged with the following motor vehicle offenses: Driving While Intoxicated in violation of N.J.S.A. 39:4-50; Reckless Driving in violation of N.J.S.A. 39:4-96; Careless Driving in violation of N.J.S.A. 39:4-97; Tailgating in violation of N.J.S.A. 39:4-89; Failure to Maintain Lane of Travel in violation of N.J.S.A. 39:4-88; Failure to Produce a Driver’s License in violation of N.J.S.A. 39:3-29; and Failure to Produce a Valid Registration in violation of N.J.S.A. 39:3-29.
On November 2, 2020, at approximately 7:00 pm., Berkeley Township Police responded to a report of crash involving two motor vehicles in the area of West Pinewald Keswick Road. An investigation by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Vehicular Homicide Unit and Berkeley Township Police Department revealed that Andujar, who was traveling westbound in a 2010 Honda CRV, crashed into a 2003 Hyundai Elantra operated by Susan Ewing, 44, of South Toms River, from behind. The impact forced both vehicles off the roadway into a wooded area. The victim, Ms. Ewing, sustained serious bodily injuries as a consequence of Andujar crashing into her vehicle. Ms. Ewing was flown to Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune for treatment of those injuries. Ms. Ewing was subsequently discharged to a rehabilitation facility where she presently remains.
Andujar was likewise transported to Jersey Shore Medical Center following the crash, and a search warrant was obtained for a draw of his blood. Laboratory results from the blood draw – received by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office on November 23, 2020 – indicated that Andujar had a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of .129 percent at the time his blood was drawn. In the State of New Jersey, an operator of a motor vehicle is presumed to be over the legal limit for purposes of alcohol consumption where his/her BAC is .08 or greater. The laboratory results also revealed a significant quantity of Methadone in Andujar’s system.
“On November 24, 2020, Andujar was arrested by Detectives from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Vehicular Homicide Unit and South Toms River Police Department and charged with Assault by Auto. The additional charge of Aggravated Assault was filed today, December 8, 2020, as a result of further developments in the investigation. Andujar has been lodged in the Ocean County Jail since his arrest on November 24, 2020 and is pending a detention hearing,” Prosecutor Billhimer stated.
Prosecutor Billhimer commends the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Vehicular Homicide Unit, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Victim Witness Advocacy Unit, Berkeley Township Police Department, South Toms River Police Department, and Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit, for their collaborative efforts in connection with this investigation leading to Andujar’s arrest and charges.
The press and public are reminded that all defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.