Criminal charges brought in Edison fatal bicycle crash


EDISON – A driver has been charged in the bicycle fatality in which a man from Edison was killed on Aug. 9.


Mark Franklin, 52, of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, was charged on Aug. 9 with driving with a suspended license and causing the death of another person in the third degree. He also has been issued additional motor vehicle summonses, according to a statement provided by Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and Chief Thomas Bryan of the Edison Police Department.


The deceased bicyclist was identified as Rodney Kukuc, 67, of Edison. He was taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick where he was pronounced dead from the injuries he sustained in the crash, according to the statement.


During the investigation it was determined that Franklin was driving a Dodge Ram on Route 1 south and was making a left turn when he struck the victim’s bicycle that was in the crosswalk. Both the driver and the bicyclist had a green light, according to reports.


Anyone with information should call Detective Joseph Chonka of the Edison Police Department at 732-248-7400, or Detective Erik Larsen of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at 732-745-3263.