Suspected Drunk Driver Facing Additional Charges

Bryan Vanderburgh now faces criminal charges related to May 3 accident

The driver of the vehicle who police say that resulted in injuries to four people was charged criminally Friday.

Police say Bryan Vanderburgh, 27, was drunk when he ran a red light at the intersection of routes 70 and 88 early Thursday morning, crashing into another vehicle and damaging a third.

Vanderburgh was charged Friday with three counts of aggravated assault with an automobile, Brick Police Capt. John Rein said.

The charges, Rein said, are the result of an ongoing investigation into the 1:49 a.m. accident and based on the fact that the investigation showed Vanderburgh was intoxicated at the time of the crash, as well as the severity of the injuries suffered by three of the accident victims.

Police say Vanderburgh was driving a 2012 Nisssan Frontier pickup and violated the red light signal as he was traveling eastbound on Route 70, approaching the Laurelton exchange. His vehicle struck a 1994 Acura Integra driven by Edwin Triana, 28, of Toms River, who was proceeding through the intersection on Route 88 in the westbound direction.

Triana sustained multiple fractures to his lower right leg and laceration to the back of his head. A passenger, Anthony G. Nieves, 25, of Jackson, sustained a head laceration and another passenger, Brian J. Unglert, 28, of Hoboken, suffered from a broken shoulder and a possible broken collarbone.

A third vehicle was damaged by flying debris, but its driver was not injured.

Vanderburgh was arrested at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Rein said. The criminal charges have been filed in addition to several motor vehicle offenses charged at the scene, which include DWI, reckless driving, careless driving, failure to observe a traffic signal and failure to wear a seatbelt.

Brick Municipal Court Judge Robert Lepore set bail at $30,000. A check of jail records early Saturday morning showed Vanderburgh was not being held at the Ocean County Jail.

Jane doe May 06, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Congratulations Greg i also have a family member who has 24 yearz sober and also a family member killed in a drunk driving accident but my family member was the drunk driver and unfortunately he payed the ulimite sarcerfice with his life. Its a tough road but N.J is to leanit on dwi this is the top killer in 12 and its sad.
TimeForChange May 06, 2012 at 03:05 PM
"his brother was a corrections officer" He isn't any longer?
TimeForChange May 06, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Someone need to get back on their meds and quickly
J.JONES May 06, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Its so sad because people who drink and drive have no respect for no one when they drive..They say im fine I can drive ,its only a few blocks...then bammm they hit someone or something..The worst thing thats happens is some one or they die..for a really bad decision ...Sad take the cab or call a friend ..stop driving !!!!get help ...
frank rizzo May 06, 2012 at 07:55 PM
yo pireno shut up bro your not the best example of a model citizen eat another bluey necklace and comb your hair
jack smith May 07, 2012 at 12:59 AM
Honestly, If we keep locking up all the intoxicated drivers in the area, the local bars are going to run out of customers. Think about it.
TimeForChange May 07, 2012 at 01:45 PM
Yeah, injured or dead people shouldn't get in the way of bars making money.
neekos May 07, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Congrats for being a sober driver? Seriously?? Facebook while he was driving?? For real??? Gotti- you're looking to excused the wrong- everyone goes to bars, everyone needs a ride home. Its your choice to drive drunk- just know that you will be caught. U will lose ur license. U could lose ur life. And you could ruin someone elses. As for pointing the finger here- the judge will do that. Kind of cut n dry- drink, drive, blow a red light, put 3 humans in the hospital. Law simply states- to obstruct or take away from another persons life, liberty or persuit of happiness. Well those of you who don't know, brian unglert better known as dj encore is one of new jerseys best dj's with gigs all around the country. And his crew- in the car with him- their entire lives have been haulted for the time being because someone else made his second offense. This isn't baseball, its life. No third strike should be given. He is a danger, a threat, a menace. Should be revoked of the privilage of driving, and since proven over and over he is no help to society- keep him away from those who are. There's a place for everyone in life- out on the field making it better, or in a cell rotting with the other wastes holding us back. Lock em up and pray for the victims. They are VICTIMS! And gotti, you're an idiot and its clear that you'll be bunking with bryan in no time.
hi May 07, 2012 at 04:48 PM
i wish i could post a picture in here of a screen shot of my phone proving that Gotti is a complete moron and clearly cant read and/or doesnt know that after 12am it turns to a new day on the calendar and may 3rd is when the accident happened and not may 2nd, and on may 2nd is when edwin accepted the friend requests on facebook, NOT the night of the accident!!!! i shouldnt even be entertaining this idiot but just to prove what a low life you are to attempt to point the finger on poor edwin!!!!
Lee Long May 07, 2012 at 05:25 PM
this guy is prob gonna get 10 to 12 yrs with a good lawyer, @ gotti ,u dont know what your talking about
Ashleigh May 07, 2012 at 05:50 PM
How could you even put any blame on the driver. He had the right away .. Green light, not speeding, SOBER!!!!!!! When this kid bryan was drunk, ran a red light at 70 mph probably in a 45 mph speed zone, not to mention this is his second dwi ... He should never be able to drive again and deserves to sit in jail for a very long time to think about what he did to these 3 innocent boys. And how do you know if the other people didn't accept his request that he could have sent days before the accident...
No May 07, 2012 at 07:16 PM
@ gotti. He might have been on his phone but his eyes were on the road. The other guy was looking at his phone. Any way you want to spin it the guy is at fault not Edwin. And to try to spin it to make Edwin look like the bad guy while he is in the hospital is wrong on so many levels it's not even funny. The guy was drunk ad ran a red light, Edwin had a green light, therefore Edwin is not at fault. I do not know any of those guys in that car but i am hoping that they are all okay. Oh and if you haven't gotten the point the guy was a drunk driver and should rot in jail and you are an asshole for trying to point the finger at someone who is lying in a hospital bed bc someone didn't want to call a friend or spend the money for a cab instead of another drink at the bar.
Diana May 07, 2012 at 08:40 PM
J gotti 10:49 am on Saturday, May 5, 2012 The driver in the Acura was on their cell phone at the same time as the accident. WHO EVET U ARE! U ARE AN IDIOT!!!!!!!!! Next time u stalk Edwins page make sure u check the right dates. His accident was MAY 3 at 1:49 AM not on MAY 2 at 1:50. Im friends with him and i saw it. Please don't give me that bullsh*t! It's the drunk drivers fault no questions! Period..... Moron!!!!!!!
Mitch fielder May 08, 2012 at 12:17 AM
Only people that should be commenting on this are friends and family of the victims or ppl who have been through this before, all you other housewives and unemployed bums need to stop arguing about what you think a proper sentence is for the guy driving the car and start checking the classified's for a job. Prayers go out to the victims but you other clowns really need to do something more productive with your time, especially josh p who is on here calling other people loser while he sucks on a morphine lolli-pop
boredatwork May 09, 2012 at 06:47 PM
It's a drunk driving accident, isn't the first & won't be the last. To say it was a cell phone is just someone looking for attention & it obviously worked. I know a 2nd DWI will earn you a loss of license for 2 years. Killing someone at your fault while under the influence will earn you 5 years in prison. I will go ahead and set the over/under on Bryan's penalty at 2 years loss of license, community service & 2.5 years in prison. PS, i'm at work leaving this comment, so i'm not an unemployed bum.
Lee Long May 09, 2012 at 08:59 PM
The penalties for assault by auto or vessel are very severe and can be as high as those for a 2nd degree crime which can be punishable by up to 10 years in jail. There are many different factors which come to play when charges are filed and sentences are determined for assault by auto or vessel, such as the extent of the injuries as well as the location that the alleged crime occurred
Mitch fielder May 09, 2012 at 09:31 PM
See all you fools care about is the sentence, the man is not dead and it almost seems like you clowns are rooting for him to die, just so this kid spend more time in jail. And that's sad. P.S just cause you say your at work doesnt mean anything pal, no one is interested in your opinion about the sentence. Leave your thoughts and condolences for the victims and get back to " work"
Edwin's cousin May 09, 2012 at 10:48 PM
Ricansita May 11, 2012 at 03:09 PM
I have no sympathies for any person who is intoxicated and goes behind a wheel. Whoever got the idea of making alcohol and making it legal should go somewhere because assholes ABUSE it. Probably 75% of people might be drinking RESPONSIBLY but why do it anyway. This dude's lisence needs to be taken away for good. I may not know the 3 victims personally but I know they're goo people and don't mean harm to nobody. It's sad how innocent people get put in situations like this. One of my close friends that i have known since the 1st grade, got hit by a drink driver and my friend died within 2.5 seconds of the accident. I have no respect for this Vanderburgh kid because he put these people in danger because he wanted to be a dickhead and not learn from his first mistake. God does NOT like ugly but this kid is going to get what he deserves. And for the record, its not only NEW JERSEY that things happen; its all over the world. The state of NJ may have its faults but no state is better than any other state so whoever has a PROBLEM with the laws of NJ better keep their comments to themselves and get the TRUE facts. Anyway, my prayers go out to the 3 people who were injured.
Tommy Trizzle May 11, 2012 at 07:50 PM
He didn’t do any time in the county jail due to the fact that his parents are enablers. I’m sure they bailed there alcoholic son out of jail rather than letting him sit on the block and think about what he did. Not that it matters since Bryan usually doesn’t remember anything when he drinks. If I were with the police or an attorney for the three guys that got hurt I would be checking in on T.G.I.F Fridays in Brick. That is Bryans favorite hangout and they continue to serve him regardless of how intoxicated he is. And given the direction traveled the smart money says thats where he was coming from.
Mitch fielder May 12, 2012 at 03:01 AM
Great ditective work Sherlock, cause in sure the police didn't ask him where he was coming from. Listen I don't know any of the victims or the driver, but I do know that Tommie T really looks like he should be working with the higher authorities cause he really seems locked in on this one
ftw2013 May 12, 2012 at 03:57 AM
And tommy trizzle had probably has some experience with drinking and driving, seems that people whom ridicule the most are themselves people that do the samething if not even worse, wonder if tommy trizzle is related cause sure does have some hardcore evidence for only minor details being posted on this site,
Jennifer Sotelo May 19, 2012 at 01:47 PM
Ever think he was at a red light and that when he picked up his cell ...in that case regardless if he was on his phone or not ,the only true way to avoid this accident was for the pos to have not driven drunk...what happens if it were u crossing that intersection would it be ur fault bc u just happened to be driving in the vicinity of a drunk.....maybe if more people actually severely punished the actual people at fault the FIRST TIME rather than place blame on the sober people just trying to get home to their families from work maybe our society would be a little better
chelsea May 30, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Doyle took my best friends life and should be in jail it was his 3rd DWI so Vanderburghs defense if there not going to fallow the same laws for everybody they shouldnt do it at all!
chelsea May 30, 2012 at 02:01 PM
YEah, he means the guy who killed my friend and didnt go to jail !!! that guy! Vanderburgh was charged 2 days after doyle has not been charged nothing happen to doyle goes to show when you no people you can get away with killing sombody
Jim Davies June 20, 2012 at 09:39 PM
Patrick Doyle killed a young man on midstreams rd over a year ago but he still walks free with no charges wtf is wrong with this town something needs to be done now mr mayor
kathleen r wall June 20, 2012 at 10:08 PM
Mitch.....why don't you get a life! Worry about yourself and don't worry about other people making comments, they have the right as well as you to say what ever they want. If you don't like the comments than don't read them. And who are you to assume that anyone putting comments on here are not working....your on here!!!
TimeForChange June 21, 2012 at 12:55 PM
Daniel, is there going to be a follow up on this story? How are the victims doing? The one kid was in pretty bad shape as I remember and on life support/coma. I was told that Bryan is out zooming around on his motorcycle regularly, playing golf etc...
Ed Lindsey July 08, 2012 at 02:06 PM
Our justice system is broken. When we can give someone 25 to 35 yeras in jail to a person for killing and animal and then give nothing to a person for destroying a family something is wrong. If you truly want to know on how to stop drunk driving go to Julianne Evans web site I 'am the grand-father of the late Megan Madeline Thomas and it is not to late for your family. Do not let the final words from your family be in your ears of "Grammy I Can Not Breathe." Megan was only 5 years of age when she was murdered. Only you can prevent it happening to one of your family members or friends. Leave your comment on Julianne Evans web site and she will answer you. Here is her site..... http://aevans.hubpages.com/hub/Megan-Madeline-Thomas-Murdered-By-Jacob-J-Herbert-of-Susquehanna-Pennsylvania-Being-Paroled
Linda July 08, 2012 at 09:54 PM
Doyle has not been criminally charged. The Grand Jury did not indite him...3rd DWI and a death and he was not indited. The Prosecutor presented the case as if he was on the side of the defense. The fact that there was THC in Doyle's system wasn't presented. His actual speed was also not represented. His connections in the "justice" system are bigger than Brick. He still hasn't been convicted in traffic court because he knows too many of the judges and they can't find someone to hear the case...hoping that one of the investigative news show grab hold of this atrocity and then watch how the cockroaches scatter....BTW, Doyle is still driving so we are all in danger.


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