Tragedy Averted After Disabled Lifeguard Pulls Senior Citizen from Car in Newark Bay

Statement from Hudson County Sheriff Regarding a Vehicle Sinking into the Newark Bay in Bayonne

JERSEY CITY, NJ – Statement from Hudson County Sheriff Frank X. Schillari regarding a vehicle sinking into the Newark Bay in Bayonne.

“On Tuesday, November 10, 2020, at approximately 5:20 p.m., a Hudson County Sheriff’s K9 unit on patrol was approached by park goers who reported that a vehicle entered Newark Bay at the lower level of Stephen R. Gregg Park in Bayonne.

The Sheriff’s K9 Officer arrived on scene to find a Subaru Forester in the Newark Bay sinking rapidly. As the officer prepared to render assistance, numerous citizens were on the rocky shore and in the water assisting in pulling out the driver of the vehicle.

The driver, Joseph Kadian, 68, of W13th Street Bayonne, was pulled out of the vehicle by Anthony Capuano, of Elizabeth, NJ, and assisted by Marcelino Cruz, of Jersey City, in pulling the driver to land.  Sheriff’s K9 officer assisted the driver to the awaiting McCabe ambulance for evaluation.  The driver was evaluated by EMT’s and released on the scene.

After an investigation and speaking with the driver, it was determined that while pulling over to answer a call and attempting to park, the driver lost control of the vehicle and simultaneously had his foot on both the brake and accelerator pedals. This caused him to accelerate the vehicle into the bay.  In addition to the vehicle in the bay, there was damage to the fence post and rails where the vehicle entered the water.

Multiple agencies assisted and responded to this incident including: Bayonne Fire, Bayonne Police, Bayonne OEM, New Jersey State Police Marine and Aviation units. New Jersey State Police divers confirmed that there were no additional victims inside the sunken vehicle.

I would like to thank all our mutual aid partners for their quick response and to the community members who risked their lives to help save Mr. Kadian.”

Hudson County Sheriff Frank X. Schillari

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