A Robbinsville Township police officer continues to convalesce after being was run over in a hit-and-run accident on April 23.
Ptl. Connor Boyle, 25, was speaking to the driver of a disabled car on Rt. 130 South near Voelbel Road when he was struck by a 2020 Volkswagen Passat driven by East Windsor resident Rachel Glatt, said Lt. Thomas Egan.
The Robbinsville Police released a dashcam video from Boyle’s patrol car that shows the officer helping the disabled motorist during rainy weather at about 11:30 p.m.
“There’s a parking lot right there, we’re going to push you into there okay?” Boyle said to the motorist. At that moment, the Volkswagen comes from behind, hits the patrol car, strikes Boyle and then continues on without stopping.
The officer flew onto the hood of the Volkswagen and then was thrown to the ground.
“The driver of this vehicle did not stop to render aid or to report the crash and left the scene,” said Lt. Egan.
Boyle was able to radio for assistance and Robbinsville police, fire and EMS responded. The officer was treated at the scene and transported by Robbinsville EMS to Capital Health Regional Medical Center. He was treated for injuries and then released the following day.
Lt. Egan said that a short time after the accident, Glatt, 52, was identified as the driver and arrested at her home. She was charged with second-degree aggravated assault on a police officer and fourth-degree assault by auto.
Glatt was also charged with reckless driving, careless driving, failure to maintain a lane, failure to change lanes for an emergency vehicle, failure to report a motor vehicle crash and leaving the scene of a motor vehicle crash involving personal injury.
She was sent to the Mercer County Correctional Facility. Anyone with pertinent information related to the case is asked to contact the Robbinsville Township Police Criminal Investigations Unit at (609) 259-3900.
John Nalbone, the Robbinsville Township communications and public information officer, said that the accident occurred on Boyle’s last night shift before being starting a new assignment as school resource office. He has been with the force for 1.5 years.
“The Robbinsville Township Police Department and Director of Public Safety (and Mayor) Dave Fried are happy to report that Ptl. Connor Boyle was released from the hospital and sent home to begin the healing process,” said a statement released by the township.
“We want to thank Robbinsville Division of Fire and EMS, Capital Health Medic Unit, as well as the Nurses and Doctors at Capitol Health Regional Trauma Center for taking such great care of Patrolman Boyle.
“We would like to also thank our community, our elected officials, local business owners, our colleagues in law enforcement, fire and EMS for your outpouring of support, thoughts, prayers and words of encouragement. They mean the world to Ptl. Boyle and all of the police officers and dispatchers of the Robbinsville Police Department.”
Boyle is expected to make a full recovery and “looks forward to getting back to work in his new position as school resource officer at Pond Road Middle School,” said the township release.