Monroe Township’s engineer Ernest Feist was indicted by a Middlesex County grand jury on Friday in connection with a car crash that injured three people, including two Manalapan women, in a car crash involving several vehicles in June.
According to a news release issued by the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, Feist, 55, was indicted on two counts of aggravated assault and three counts of assault by auto for reportedly causing the crash on Hoffman Station Road in Monroe on June 4.
Feist was allegedly intoxicated and speeding at the time of the crash, Investigator Michael Daniewicz of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office said. According to court documents, Feist was traveling west in a Mercedes CLS on Hoffman Station Road when he crossed over a double yellow line and collided with a Toyota Highlander coming from the other direction. The Toyota was being driven by a 57-year-old Manalapan woman who was severely injured in the crash and air lifted to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital for treatment, according to the Middlesex Prosecutor’s Office.
The passenger of Feist’s car, a 34-year-old man from Effort, Pa., was also severely injured in the crash and he was transported by ambulance to Princeton Medical Center in Plainsboro for treatment.
Feist also struck a Mazda that was driving behind the Toyota on Hoffman Station Road. The driver of the Mazda was a 31-year-old Manalapan woman was also injured in the crash and she was transported to CentraState Medical Center in Freehold for treatment.
At the time of the crash, Feist was serving as the township engineer, director of Emergency Management, and director of Public Works. He was placed on unpaid leave from his job after the accident.