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Borough's Deputy DPW Director Killed in Crash

Borough administrator also injured in Arkansas accident.

Charles Dziedzic, the deputy director of the , was killed in a traffic accident in Arkansas late Monday afternoon.

Chatham Borough Administrator Robert Falzarano and his brother George Falzarano were also injured in the accident, which occurred in Lonoke, Ark., just east of Little Rock Monday shortly after 5 p.m.

The three men were returning to New Jersey by motorcycle from a cross-country trip, which began April 6. Falzarano has taken road trips by motorcycles with friends to California before, where he travels California State Route 1.

Borough Mayor Bruce Harris and the released details of the accident, provided by the Arkansas State Police, Tuesday morning.

Arkansas State Police said the accident took place on I-40 at mile post 173.5.

According to police, a minivan caught fire in the left lane of the highway and caused traffic to suddenly stop.

This resulted in a separate fatal accident and a pile-up involving three tractor trailers.

As Robert and George Falzarano and Dziedzic slowed to a stop, they were struck from behind by a Chevrolet Tahoe driven by James Hearon of Ward, Ark.

Hearon was ejected from the vehicle when it rolled onto the median.

Dziedzic was killed instantly, and Robert and George Falzarano were seriously injured.

Borough police said Robert Falzarano was airlifted from the scene. The Arkansas State Police report said he was taken to Baptist Health Medical Center in North Little Rock. , borough police said.

George Falzarano was taken to the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences Hospital according to the police report. His injuries are not life-threatening, police said.

All three men were wearing helmets, according to the Arkansas State Police.

The families of both men arrived in Little Rock Tuesday morning.

The accident is still under investigation by the Arkansas State Police.

Dziedzic, a resident of Morris Township, was employed in the borough's DPW since 1991. Before coming to Chatham he worked for the Morris County Road Department. He also served as a Special Police Officer in the Borough of Wharton.

Dziedzic is survived by his wife Linda, daughters Shelley and Amy, Ron Marchetti and grandson Domenick Charles Marchetti. His family was notified by members of the . The Rev. Robert Mitchell of accompanied them.

Harris was out of the state and not immediately available for comment Tuesday.

Chatham Patch will update this developing story as more information becomes available.

ChathamFriend April 24, 2012 at 04:36 PM
RIP my friend!
Tim April 24, 2012 at 04:42 PM
Sad day in Chatham.
Duncan Munchkin April 25, 2012 at 02:41 AM
This is very sad. My condolences to his family and friends.
Dr. Joseph J. Murphy April 25, 2012 at 04:48 PM
Our deep sympathy to Dziedzic family. Dr. Murphy, Lynn Egan & Janis Piccirillo
Leonard Resto April 26, 2012 at 04:11 PM
My condolences to the Dziiedzic family. Charlie was an exceptional human being and will forever be missed by Chatham. May God be with you at this time of loss.
Rocco Passomato April 27, 2012 at 01:43 PM
My deepest sympathy to Charlie's family. Charlie was one of the good ones. Chatham's DPW has had a great loss. God Bless old friend. Rocky Passomato
Maria Hook April 27, 2012 at 06:29 PM
Dear Friends Our sincere sympathy to all. Chuck will be greatly missed by his Waldorf family. Always a smile, always a hug, such a caring and wonderful gentle man and always ready to give a helping hand. Linda, Shelley and Amie, God Bless you at this extremely difficult time. Maria, Ralph and Susan
kathy April 28, 2012 at 12:02 AM
I am so shocked and saden over this. Charlie was a amazing man, remember him always with a smile and a wave to all. I was a crossing guard for the boro for over 8 yrs and every day he would always smile.. and wave to me. GOD BLESS YOU CHARLIE My sincere Sympathy to his family and to all his coworkers. Kathy Phillips-Bodie
Doria pagnotta May 01, 2012 at 12:12 AM
Chucky was a sweetheart I'm best friends with both Shelly and Amy and new there dad well he was always so kind and funny and would help you out no matter what. This world has lost a wonderful person he will be forever in my heart Tic Toc love you lOve Doria

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