The Village of Newark Police Department is currently investigating a one car fatal pedestrian accident which occurred at 8:19 p.m. on Monday (3/28). The accident happened in the eastbound lane of East Union Street just east of East Avenue. The operator of the vehicle, 54 year old Albert J. DeWilde Sr. of Newark, owner of Al’s Disposal, was alone in the vehicle at the time of the accident.
DeWilde reported that he had just turned right off of East Avenue and was beginning to drive east on East Union Street He heard a thump and knew he had hit something, but was unaware of any pedestrian in the area. He immediately called 911 and reported the accident.
The victim was identified as 16 year old Jayme D. Bianchi, also of Newark. Bianchi was alone and crossing East Union Street from the north side to the south side when he was struck outside of the cross walk. Bianchi was transported to Newark Wayne Community Hospital by the Newark-Arcadia Volunteer Ambulance where he later succumbed to his injuries. It was dark at the time of the accident and the roads were dry. Bianchi was reportedly wearing dark clothing. At the request of the Newark Police Department, the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department responded with their Accident Reconstruction Team. Blood was voluntarily obtained from the operator of the vehicle and will be tested to determine if the operator was impaired at the time of the crash.
The vehicle being driven was described as a Trash / Recycling truck. The State Police Commercial vehicle Team was called in to inspect the truck and found no mechanical problems with the vehicle. This investigation is continuing as Newark Police Department investigators interview additional witnesses and await the results of the lab tests and Accident Reconstruction. Jayme was the son of Michael and Michelle Bianchi. He has lived in Newark for the past few years where he was a sophomore at Newark High School. “We’re at our wits end as to why this happened,” said Newark Police Chief David Christler. No charges are pending in the case.