Corrections officer rescues Monroe woman from burning vehicle in South Brunswick

BY Christopher Lang, Correspondent, @topherlang2 | Jun 18, 2018 | MonroeNow

SOUTH BRUNSWICK – An off-duty corrections officer is being credited with saving a Monroe woman from her burning vehicle on Sunday night.

According to a statement from the South Brunswick Police Department, New Jersey State Corrections officer Donald Carson had removed Catherine Bohar from her Audi by the time local police responded to the scene.

“Donald Carson’s quick actions prevented a tragedy last night,” said South Brunswick Police Chief Raymond Hayducka in a statement. “His selfless actions were able to help save the life of Catherine Bohar.”

Police state that on Sunday around 9:25 p.m., Bohar, 59, was coming to a stop at the intersection Route 535 South and Route 32 when her 2016 Audi A3 hit a tractor trailer driven by Alexander Lyubomskky, a 40-year-old native of Newmarket, Ontario.

When officers Bafti Salihi and George Morgan arrived at the scene they found the Audi “fully engulfed in flames on Route 535 South and a tractor trailer with rear-end damage.”

Bohar injured her wrist in the accident, according to police, and was removed from the vehicle in an unconscious state by Carson, who remained with her at the scene.

Police state that Carson saw the vehicle and Bohar, whose airbag deployed rendering her unconscious, “slumped over at the wheel and her vehicle began to catch on fire.”

Bohar was transported to an area hospital for her injuries. The road was closed for approximately two hours, police said, until the responding Monmouth Junction Fire Department was able to put out the flames.