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Release*†††††††††††††††† Date: May 16, 2014
†††††††††††††††††† †††† Middlesex
County Prosecutorís Office
††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† *News Release*†††††††††††††††† Date: May 16, 2014
Investigation into auto injuries closed; no criminal charges
††††††††† Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey announced today that police will not file criminal charges after completing an investigation of an incident in which three children were injured when they were struck by a sport utility vehicle driven by the director of the New Brunswick Fire Department.
††††††††† The decision not to bring criminal charges against Robert
Rawls, 56, was reached following a thorough and detailed examination of the
incident in which the three children were hospitalized when they were struck in
a crosswalk on
However, Rawls was determined to be at fault and was issued two traffic summonses by the New Brunswick Police Department, which charged him with careless driving and failure to stop for the pedestrians.
††††††††† The decision to not file criminal charges was based on statements of witnesses, evidence at the scene and the results of toxicological testing, which showed no evidence of alcohol or drug use. Additionally, there was no evidence of excessive speed.
result of the investigation, the Middlesex County Prosecutorís Office will
contact the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission and request the agency
re-evaluate Rawlsí ability and qualifications to hold a
Rawls, who was on-duty and driving a city-owned 2010 Chevrolet Tahoe, was heading north on Livingston Avenue toward the Delavan Street crossing when the children, two 14-year-old girls and a 6-year-old boy, were struck at 3:34 p.m.
The children were taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick and were treated for injuries.
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