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Hunter injured in Assunpink shooting accident

Posted by the Asbury Park Press on 11/14/06

UPPER FREEHOLD — A Middlesex County man suffered an eye injury Tuesday when he was struck in the face with shotgun pellets while hunting in the state Assunpink Wildlife Management Area, according to State Police.

William Sabovick, 53, of Edison was first taken to Capital Health System at Fuld in Trenton, then transferred to Wills Eye in Philadelphia, according to State Police.

State Police are looking into the incident as an accident, said Trooper Darius Haff, who responded.

Sabovick and his son were entering a field in the Eldridge Road area, apparently to hunt pheasant, at about 6:50 a.m., Haff said. Then a pheasant flew into the air and another hunter shot at it, with the pellets striking Sabovick, Haff said.

Sabovick was alert and his injury did not seem to be life-threatening, Haff said. The exact extent of Sabovick's injury was unavailable.

No one else was injured, Haff said.

State Police are not releasing the shooter's name because the incident is being investigated as an accident, Haff said. The shooter and Sabovick were not in the same hunting party, Haff said.

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