ROBBINSVILLE: One Saturday night around 11:30 25 year old Patrolman Connor Boyle was assisting a disabled motorist on Route 130 Southbound. While Officer Boyle was talking to the motorist a vehicle drove into his patrol car with the emergency lights activated, the disabled vehicle, and himself. The vehicle a 2020 Volkswagen Passat didn’t stop and continued down Route 130.
Upon investigation officers were able to determine 52-year-old Rachel Glatt was driving the car. She was later arrested, and faces multiple charges. Charges stem from leaving the scene of an accident, careless driving and failure to change lanes for an emergency vehicle.
Officer Boyle has been released from the hospital and is home recovering from his injuries.
Robbinsville Police released the following statement.
In the aftermath of the terrifying incident involving Robbinsville Township Patrolman Connor Boyle on April 22, 2023, Director of Public Safety Dave Fried and Police Chief Michael Polaski would like to remind the public of the “Move Over Law” – New Jersey Statute 39:4-92.2 – which was enacted in 2009.
Every day, thousands of law enforcement officers and emergency personnel take to the streets to help keep the motoring public safe; putting their lives on the line to do so. One of the most dangerous aspects of a police officer’s job is stepping out of their vehicle and onto the roadway. Whether it is to conduct a motor vehicle stop, assist a disabled motorist, investigate a crash, or remove debris from the roadway, perils of all types are everywhere.
Statistics from 2011-2020 reveal that there have been 286 officer line-of-duty deaths due to vehicle crashes, and another 114 due to being struck by a vehicle. These numbers are not only tragic, but they are often avoidable.
Research shows many drivers believe that moving over is simply an optional courtesy when they see law enforcement vehicles, other emergency vehicles, tow trucks and other public assistance vehicles on the side of the road. Let’s be clear: It is not optional. It is the law! We need to keep our first responders and vehicle assistance workers safe.
Let’s join together to protect those who protect you. The simple act of slowing down and moving over will prevent tragedies.
Slow down and move over. It’s the law!