Town Topics – OCT 1982

Town Topics
13 October 1982

Gas Pump Leveled 

GAS PUMP LEVELED In Turning Accident. One gas pump was leveled and a second jarred loose at Stefanelli’s Amoco Service station, 163 Bayard Lane, in the aftermath of a turning mishap last week.

No one was injured but Ptl. John Petrone Jr. charged the driver, Thakor P. Patel, 34, 36 Leigh Avenue, with careless driving. As a precautionary measure, Princeton firemen used fire hoses to wash down the area.

According to police, Mr. Patel in attempting a right turn from Leigh onto Bayard had turned too wide. As he tried to straighten his car, he lost control and his foot pushed on the accelerator. His car continued turning straight into the service station area and ran over two pumps before coming to rest.

Town Topics
13 October 1982

Disaster Drill Set

DISASTER DRILL SET To Test Preparedness. The Mercer County Hospital Council will sponsor a disaster drill Sunday at the David Sarnoff Research Center on Route One which will simulate a collision between a truck carrying radioactive medical material and a bus full of tourists at the RCA Laboratories.

This is the first time danger from radiation will be implicated in a drill designed to test the preparedness of area hospitals, emergency squads, police, and fire services. Edward J. Aycock, disaster chairman for the Mercer County Hospital Council, is the coordinator for this event, and the Twin W First Aid Squad is the host squad.

Military personnel will be brought from Fort Dix to act as victims. An area of the main parking lot of RCA will be arranged to simulate an intersection where the two vehicles have collided. The serious injuries that will occur will be further complicated by radiation danger.

Once the “accident” has taken place, RCA security personnel will call the West Windsor Township Police and inform them a horrendous accident has taken place The Twin W First Aid Squad will be dispatched to the scene and a request for mutual aid will be made to surrounding townships’ first aid squads.

Town Topics
13 October 1982


But No Fire. An odor of smoke at the Radio Shack in the Princeton Shopping Center Saturday morning brought police, two fire engines and 12 volunteer firemen to the scene.

But there was no fire. Police said that a starter ballast in an overhead light fixture was overheating, causing a burnt odor to fill the store.

Town Topics
6 October 1982


Ob Mt. Lucas Road. Richard L. Cann, 31, of Route 13, Skillman, overturned on Mt. Lucas Road last week when he moved to the right of his lane to avoid an oncoming car.

His car drove 26 feet up an embankment, struck a tree and turned over on its roof. It continued to slide on its roof across the roadway for 67 feet, struck another embankment and slid 21 feet more before coming to rest.

Mr. Cann was treated at Princeton Medical Center for lacerations and issued a summons for careless driving by Ptl. Mario Musso. His car was judged a total loss.

Madja C. Hobens, 66, of Cranbury, struck a concrete abutment on narrow Harrison Street bridge Friday afternoon and had to be treated at the Medical Center for cuts of the face.

The victim told Ptl. John Petrone Jr. that as she started to cross the bridge a jogger was running in front of her car. While observing the jogger, her car drifted too close to the side of the bridge.

Pedestrian Struck

As Virginia Preston of Watchung was driving north on Route 206 last week between Edgerstoune and Quaker Road, a pedestrian started to cross the roadway directly in front of her path.

The pedestrian, Bernice Moore, 67, of Trenton, retreated toward the shoulder of the road as Ms. Preston braked to avoid hitting her and was knocked down. Sustaining leg injuries, she was taken to the Medical Center for treatment. There were no charges by Ptl. Robert Nielsen.

One car was totaled and another had to be towed away, following a crash last week at the intersection of Route 206 and Quaker Road.

According to police, Arthur F Smullyan, 70, of 26 George, Lawrenceville, collided with a ear operated by Robert O. Minakawa, 45, of Morrisville, when the latter turned in front of him, attempting a left turn onto Quaker. Mr. Minakawa, charged with failure to yield the right of way, was treated at the scene. His small car was totaled.

Mr. Smullyan was transported to Princeton Medical Center for treatment of head injuries. The mishap occurred at 9:57 Friday morning.

Evelyn B. Thompson, 61, 29 Dempsey Avenue, and Elizabeth Watson, 60, 37 Fisher Place, collided last week. According to police, Mrs. Thompson failed to stop for the stop sign at Valley Road and struck the Watson car as it came through the Intersection of Ewing Street. Ptl. John Clausen ticketed Mrs. Thompson for a stop sign violation. She sustained lacerations of the leg.

Mrs. Watson was treated at the Medical Center for head injuries.

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