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County Prosecutorís Office
††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††† *Press Release* ††† ††††††Date: March 24, 2009†††††††††††††††† ††††††††
Two men arrested and charged in serious crash during auto race
also are searching for a third suspect, a black male in his mid-20s, who fled
the scene following the crash at 9:01 p.m. on Monday, March 23, 2009, in the
Avenel section of†
W. Bullock, (DOB 7/7/84) and Clifford J. Cooley, (DOB 1/24/82) both of
The two men were charged with endangering Nicholas Phan-Tran, (DOB 1/25/88) of Edison, after an investigation determined Bullock, Cooley and the third, unidentified man riding in their car ran from the scene and left the injured man, who was not involved in the race.
victim was flown to
The hindering count was filed after police determined Bullock and Cooley gave police false information about the incident.
In addition, the defendants were charged with obstruction for fleeing the scene and for providing false information.
The incident began when Bullock, Cooley and the unidentified man, all riding in a 2006 Toyota Scion, started racing a Honda Civic in the northbound lanes of Route 1.
As the vehicles approached the Avenel Street intersection, the Honda Civic passed two cars, but the defendantsí 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 are searching for the driver of the Honda Civic, a dark-colored vehicle, which fled the scene.
impact of the crash caused by the defendantsí
driver of the Dodge, a 22-year-old man from Avenel, sustained minor injuries
and was treated at
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 defendants, the charges against Bullock and Cooley are merely accusations and they are presumed innocent until proven guilty.