Driver in Fatal Motorcycle Crash in Hopewell Twp Arrested and Charged

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    At 6:36pm on May 31, 2016, the Hopewell Township Police Department along with the Pennington Fire Company and Pennington Rescue Squad were dispatched to a motor vehicle crash on County Route 546 at Scotch Rd. Officers arrived on scene and found that a Toyota Tundra and a Kawasaki motorcycle had collided.

    The Kawasaki was driven by Orest L. Huraleczko, a 60 year old male from Titus Avenue in Lawrence Township NJ. Mr. Huraleczko was killed in the impact and pronounced dead at the scene.

    The Toyota was being driven Rufino Estuardo, a 24 year old male from Ohio Avenue, Ewing NJ. He did not stop at the scene and was located by responding Officers approximately a mile away in a commercial building parking lot with his vehicle. He was not injured and was interviewed at police headquarters.

    Estuary, the driver of the Toyota Tundra, Rufino Estuardo a Guatemalan national, was arrested and charged with: Death by Auto, Leaving the Scene of a Fatal Accident, Driving While Intoxicated, Failing to Observe a Traffic Signal [red light], Reckless Driving and Being an Unlicensed Driver.

    He was placed under arrest at Hopewell Township Police Headquarters.  After being processed he was lodged at the Mercer County Correctional Center in default of $200,000.00 Full Cash Bail.

    Immigration and Customs Enforcement was also notified of his arrest.

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    Mary Galioto
    Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from SUNY Binghamton and a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall Law School. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, creative endeavors, and photographing mushrooms. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, serves on the volunteer Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), holds a seat on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, and is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance.

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    1. “Immigration and Customs Enforcement was also notified of his arrest.”….So I guess it’s safe to assume that he was an “undocumented” immigrant…aka and ILLEGAL ALIEN. Good thing Hopewell isn’t a “Sanctuary city”, or they’d have to let him go so he can kill again.

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