NJ man charged in fatal accident that killed Helmetta fire chief – New Jersey 101.5 FM | Gmx Pharm

SOUTH BRUNSWICK — A 48-year-old man has been fined after a community collision between a minivan and a motorcycle that killed the Helmetta volunteer fire chief.

“There are currently no criminal charges,” South Brunswick Deputy Police Commissioner James Ryan confirmed to New Jersey 101.5 on Friday.

Maheshkum Kuniyil, of the Dayton Borough, was issued with a motor vehicle summons for failing to give way at an intersection and obstructing the passage of other vehicles.

Kuniyil was driving a 2019 Honda Odyssey on Summerfield Boulevard and came to a stop at the intersection of Georges Road on the afternoon of July 11, according to police.

He then attempted to turn left onto Georges Road and collided with a 1998 Harley Davidson motorcycle being driven by 47-year-old Christopher Acs of Jamesburg, who was traveling north on Georges Road.

Acs died at the scene.

Christopher Acs and family (screenshot from GoFundMe)

Christopher Acs and family (screenshot from GoFundMe)

Investigators determined that after he stopped, Kuniyil failed to make sure it was clear to enter the intersection.

Both tickets would be negotiated before the District Court of South Brunswick.

The investigation was conducted by the South Brunswick Police Department’s Traffic Safety Office in conjunction with the Middlesex County Attorney’s Office.

A GoFundMe campaign set up by a friend to help Ac’s wife and two children has raised around $22,000 since the tragic crash.

“Growing up in Helmetta and as the current Fire Chief of the Helmetta Volunteer Fire Department, he leaves a community grieving his loss and big shoes to fill,” said organizer Aimee Linke in the campaign summary.

Erin Vogt is a reporter and anchor for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach her at erin.vogt@townsquaremedia.com

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