SOMERVILLE, NJ (Somerset County) – A Somerset County man who was high on heroin last year when he crashed into a mother walking with her two children, killing her 1-year-old son in a stroller, was sentenced to prison Thursday, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson
Ronald B. Rebernik, 62, of Raritan was sentenced to prison for committing first-degree vehicular homicide and second-degree assault by auto, all of which occurred within 1,000 feet of St. Ann’s Elementary School property in Raritan Borough, Somerset County.
Prosecutor Robertson stated that the sentencing took place after a negotiated plea agreement, where Rebernik pled guilty to the vehicular homicide and assault by auto charges, in addition to other possessory controlled dangerous substance offenses.
The crimes occurred during the early evening hours of July 7, 2018, when Rebernik who was under the influence of heroin and operating his 2004 Ford Escape southbound on Anderson Street near the St. Ann’s Elementary School, Robertson said.
Rebernik struck the family of three who were walking on the sidewalk, killing the 1-year-old boy and seriously injuring his five-year old brother and the 36-year-old mother. The mother suffered serious injuries and the older son suffered critical injuries, Robertson said.
Rebernik continued southbound on the sidewalk after striking the pedestrians, and reentered the roadway striking two more parked vehicles on the northbound side of Anderson Street before becoming disabled, Robertson said.
A judge sentenced Rebernik to 15 years in state prison.