7 December 1983
In Collision with Car. A 19- year-old Princeton University student received multiple injuries when his bicycle was struck by a car one minute before five Monday night near Borough Hall.
Patrick Wallace sustained a fractured skull, fractured left ankle and abrasions of the head and face. He was admitted to Princeton Medical Center.
Police said that the cyclist was traveling on Nassau Street toward Borough Hall when he was struck by a car turning left from Stockton onto Bayard Lane. It was dark and raining at the time. Sgt. Ronald Holliday who is investigating the accident has charged Mr. Wallace with no lights on his bicycle; charges against the driver. Gertrude Rabinovitz, 68, of Somerville are pending the conclusion of the officer’s investigation. Police report the driver said that she never saw the cyclist.
U-Turn Leads to Accident.
Two drivers were injured last week after an attempted U- turn on Mercer Road led to an accident.
Ptl. William Clark has charged Mrs. Alice Townsend, 68, Mt. View Road, Belle Mead, with improper backing and turning after she allegedly pulled from a parking position on Mercer Road near Olden Lane directly in front of an on coming car without yielding.
Both drivers were taken by the Princeton First Aid Squad to Princeton Medical Center. Mrs. Townsend received a concussion, broken shoulder and broken ankle, the second driver, Joseph J. Angelucci, 28, of Trenton, was treated for lacerations of the head. He also complained of pain in both arms.
Mrs. Townsend, who had been visiting at 172 Mercer, told police that she did not remember the accident. Both cars had to be towed from the scene.
Three Skidding Mishaps.
There were two skidding accidents on the Kingston Bridge Saturday morning and one on the Harrison Street Bridge – all due, police said, to very icy road conditions on the roadway.
At 7:05 in the morning, Patricia E. White, 25, of Kendall Park, lost control of her pickup truck on the Kingston Bridge surface at the intersection of River Road. The truck skidded across the opposite lane, struck and went over the guard rail and knocked over an electrical control box. The truck continued on and struck a tree before finally coming to rest against a concrete wall and telephone pole guide cable. The latter, police said, prevented her truck from going into the Millstone River.
At the same time — 7:05 — a 1979 sedan operated by Mary E. Hendrickson, 25, of Franklin Park, went into a skid on the bridge’s surface. She was unable to regain control.
Her car jumped the curb and struck a guard rail and had to be towed. Neither driver was injured in either accident, both of which were investigated by Sgt. Frank Boccanfuso.
A little over an hour later at 8:16, Mary D. Schwab, 63, 64 Sayre Drive, skidded crossing Harrison Street Bridge. Her 1978 sedan struck both guard rails on either side of the roadway, was damaged and had to be towed.
Mrs. Schwab told Ptl. David Funk that she did not know what happened. She was taken to the Medical Center for treatment of lacerations of the head.