DA: Ex-NJ cop DUI in crash that killed 2 bikers

John P. Heaney III is led from his arraignment, where he was charged for his role in a July 1 double-fatal motorcycle accident in Bangor. (Express-Times Photo | BILL ADAMS)

July 13, 2011 10:38:53 AM PDT
A former New Jersey police officer is facing vehicular homicide charges in the deaths of two motorcycle club members he allegedly struck while driving drunk in Pennsylvania.

Forty-nine-year-old John Heaney III, of Lopatcong Township, New Jersey was arraigned Wednesday before a Pennsylvania magistrate in the July 1 crash that killed two members of the Last Chance Motorcycle Club in Northampton County.

Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli said, at the time of the crash, Heaney's pickup truck veered into the wrong lane on Route 512 near Bangor and collided head-on into one motorcycle, which triggered a chain-reaction crash.

Investigators say Keith Michaelson, of West Milford, N.J. and Michael Zadoyko, of Pompton Lakes, N.J. were killed in the crash as club members rode to a funeral for a fellow member. Six others were hurt.

Members say the riders support each other while battling drug and alcohol addictions.

Heaney is being held on $50,000 bail. His attorney did not immediately return a phone message.

Heaney is charged with two counts each of homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence, involuntary manslaughter, four counts each of aggravated assault by vehicle, aggravated assault by vehicle while driving under the influence, ecklessly endangering another person and numerous counts of careless driving and related offenses, according to court documents.


Above photo courtesy The Express-Times of Easton