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MU Security Guard Hospitalized After Being Hit By Alleged Drunk Driver

WEST LONG BRANCH: At approximately 11:41 p.m. on Saturday, April 19, the West Long Branch Police Department responded to a report of one of Monmouth University’s security vehicles having been struck as it was occupied and parked on the east side of Larchwood Avenue near Palmer Avenue.

A 2012 red Dodge Charger which had been south bound on Larchwood Avenue north of the security vehicle’s position had apparently crossed over the north bound lane, travelling approximately 62 feet before colliding with the security vehicle head-on. The force of the impact was apparently significant enough to push the security vehicle approximately 16 feet before coming to rest against the University’s fence.

The occupant of the Monmouth University vehicle, Safety Officer Michael Cittadino (age not available at this writing), was apparently knocked unconscious. The operator of the Charger, a 32-year-old Long Branch resident, apparently used the unconscious officer’s radio to call for help.

Cittadino was successfully removed from the vehicle and transported to Jersey Shore Medical Center. The security vehicle was towed from the scene and the Charger was impounded by West Long Branch Police Department.

The driver of the Charger was arrested and charged by West Long Branch Police with drunk driving.

Patrolman Nicholas Ferrugiaro is conducting the investigation with the assistance of Patrolmen Jason Buono and Kevin Stroebel.

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