Sara Dubinin, 19, of Sayreville, died Sept. 25, 2007, in Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick, as the result of injuries sustained as a passenger in a Sept. 24 auto accident in Sayreville. A graduate of Cardinal Mc- Carrick High School, South Amboy, she attended Middlesex County College in Edison. She was also employed as a hostess at the Colonial Diner, East Brunswick.
"She was just amazing. She was just so nice. … She was very humble. No matter what I said, she would always just take it with a grain of salt. If I corrected her on something, I never had to do it twice. She was a fast learner" said one of her co-workers.
Sara is survived by her parents, Victor and Elizabeth, of Sayreville, two brothers, Victor, of Bloomfield, and Ryan and his wife, Adrienne, of Nutley, and her grandfather, Wasily, and his wife, Svetlana, of Wanaque.
A $2,000 award from the Dupont Parlin Community Fund allowed the Sayreville Emergency Squad to continue purchasing new state-of-the-art coats for its members in memory of Sara.
The squad began the changeover to new jackets thanks to a donation from Betty and Vic Dubinin, whose 19-year-old daughter Sara died tragically in a car accident in September 2007. The couple donated to the squad to thank its members for their quick response to Sara's crash.
Stanley Pilch, a life member of the squad whose step-daughter, Julianne Good, was a friend of Sara's, came up with the idea of buying new jackets. He researched the design, quality and value from many vendors and decided on blue all-weather coats. Embroidered on the pocket of each jacket are the words, "In memory of Sara Dubinin."
In Memory of Sara Dubinin