Trenton man charged in collision that injured Allentown High School students


A Trenton resident has been charged with four counts of automobile assault in connection with a motor vehicle collision in September in East Windsor that left four students from Allentown High School hospitalized.

The criminal charges were announced on October 21 by the East Windsor Police Department. The individual who was charged has been identified by police as Hector Esteban-Palomo, 41, of Trenton.

Allentown High School is one of three schools in the Upper Freehold Regional School District. In the aftermath of the collision, UFRSD administrators said the four teens who were injured and hospitalized are students at Allentown High School.

According to an East Windsor Police press release issued shortly after the incident, a head-on collision between two vehicles occurred at 7 a.m. on September 20 on Windsor-Perrineville Road near the road intersection. Cedarville in East Windsor.

One vehicle involved in the collision was a 2019 Nissan Sentra sedan occupied by four teenagers and the second vehicle was a 2005 Toyota Tundra pickup truck occupied by an adult, police said.

When announcing the charges on October 21, police said the van was being driven by Esteban-Palomo. Police said an investigation determined his pickup truck left its lane, crossed the double yellow lines and entered the oncoming lane.

Police say a toxicology report found Esteban-Palomo had a blood alcohol level above the legal limit.

Esteban-Palomo has been arrested and charged with four counts of assault by motor vehicle, drunk driving, reckless driving, reckless driving, disregarding the lane and possession of an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle. He was released pending legal action, police said.

Esteban-Palomo suffered what has been described as minor injuries in the collision, according to a social media post by East Windsor Fire Company No. 2.

The sedan involved in the collision was driven by a 17-year-old boy. There were three passengers in the vehicle: two 16-year-old boys and a 14-year-old boy. East Windsor Police said the four teenagers were seriously injured in the collision.

A social media post from Chris and Aimee Duffy identified two of the boys in the vehicle as their children, Jordan and Charlie.

The other two boys in the vehicle were identified as brothers Celso and Matthew Eurich by an online fundraiser set up to help cover medical bills.

No update on the status of the boys was available as of October 22.

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