On Tuesday, December 11, 2012, Roselle Park Police responded to the one-vehicle crash on West Colfax Avenue at approximately 2 p.m. where they found a 2012 Nissan Altima in the roadway near the Donald Place intersection. As police were removing the driver, Deborah L. Angus, age 53, they observed an infant secured in a child safety seat in the rear seat. The baby was removed by Sergeant Aldo Cosentino and Patrolman Matthew Hopkins who crawled into the overturned and heavily damaged vehicle. Patrolman Mitchell White responded and took custody of Angus, who appeared intoxicated and smelled of alcohol. Angus, who – according to the police – was babysitting the child at the time of the crash, crossed over the westbound lane and struck a tree on the front lawn of a nearby home before overturning her vehicle. Angus did suffer serious but non life-threatening injuries and was transported to Overlook Hospital.
The child was not injured and was reunited with her parents at the crash site. Angus was charged with DWI, failure to keep right, reckless driving, DWI with a minor in the vehicle, and Child Neglect – a fourth degree crime. Deborah Angus will have a First Appearance in Union County Superior Court in late December.