Release* Date: September 10, 2009
County Prosecutor’s Office
*News Release* Date: September 10, 2009
Indictment handed up in
County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan announced that a grand jury handed up revised
charges today against a
J. Cooley, (DOB 1/24/82) was indicted by a
grand jury previously indicted Cooley on charges including the aggravated
assault of Nicholas Phan-Tran, 21, of
Cooley also was charged today with a second degree count of leaving the scene of a fatal collision, and was charged with a third degree count of driving while his license was suspended.
passengers in Cooley’s car, Brandon W. Bullock (DOB 7/7/84) and David Colvin
II, (DOB 1/18/89), also of
Bullock faces charges of hindering his own apprehension, obstruction of the administration of law, and four counts of endangering injured victims.
is charged with hindering his own apprehension, perjury and false swearing in
front of a
In addition, Cooley faces counts of assault by auto, hindering his own apprehension and obstruction.
The defendants were charged with hindering and obstruction after an investigation determined they ran from the scene of the crash.
Phan-Tran was injured when the car he was driving was struck at 9:01 p.m. in
the multi-car crash that was caused when Cooley, who was driving a Toyota
Scion, engaged in a high-speed race with a Honda Civic in the northbound lanes
of Route 1 in the Avenel section of
Police later charged that Cooley was intoxicated and speeding.
As the vehicles approached the Avenel Street intersection, the Honda Civic passed two cars, but the defendants’ car struck both vehicles, a Dodge Stratus, which was in the center lane of Route 1, and another passenger vehicle, which was slowing down to make a right turn onto Avenel Street.
Police continue to search for the driver of the Honda Civic, a dark-colored vehicle, which fled the scene.
impact of the crash caused by Cooley’s
of the Dodge, a 22-year-old man from Avenel, sustained minor injuries and was
with information is asked to call Patrolman Gennaro DeStefano of the Woodbridge
Police Traffic Safety Unit at (732) 634-7700, or Sgt.
As is the case with all criminal defendants, Cooley, Bullock and Colvin are presumed innocent until proven guilty.