After an approximately 3 week investigation the Lakewood Police Department would like to announcement that charges have been filed and the investigation is now closed pending court proceedings.
On September 23rd, 2016 after an investigation led by Det. Peter Aakjer of the Detective Bureau, along with Sgt. Frank Work of the Traffic Safety Unit, charged 48 year old, Sigmund Winiavski of Maple Shade NJ with Aggravated Assault for his role in the September 14th incident. According to a video of the event, Mr. Winiavski who was operating a FedEx truck at the time, attempted to force a school bus, operated by 68 year old Morris Wilder of Lakewood, off the road as he illegally tried to pass him.
Although no contact or physical injuries occurred, Mr. Winiavski’s actions constitutes simple assault. However, because Mr. Wilder was clearly identifiable as being engaged in the performance of his duties as a school bus driver, New Jersey law dictates that the action rises to the level of an Aggravated Assault.
Mr. Winiavski was charged and released on his own recognizance pending a court appearance. Both men received numerous motor vehicle summonses for their respective parts in the incident, also pending a court appearance.
D/Lt. Gregory Staffordsmith #264
Lakewood Police Department
Detective Bureau Commander