The man responsible for a fatal hit-and-run accident in 2015 was recently sentenced to four years in NJ State Prison.
The accident occurred around 12:30 a.m. on January 18, 2015. The suspect, a 28-year-old man from Newark, was behind the wheel of a car that crashed into a pedestrian near the intersection of McCarter Highway and Market Street in Newark, New Jersey.
The suspect was driving with a suspended license when he hit the victim. The suspect continued driving for a few blocks, then pulled over and walked to his home.
The accident resulted in the death of the pedestrian, who lived in East Orange, NJ.
After conducting an investigation, Essex County authorities charged the suspect with vehicular homicide.
The suspect reached a plea agreement with the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office in December 2015 and pleaded guilty to reduced charges of leaving the scene of an accident involving death, as well as causing a death while violating public policy. The violation of public policy stemmed from the fact that the suspect was driving with a suspended license at the time of the auto accident.
Under the terms of the plea deal, prosecutors agreed to recommend that the suspect receive a sentence of four years behind bars.
Just before the suspect was sentenced in Essex County Superior Court, he addressed the judge. The suspect expressed regret for his actions and told the court that he was sorry for his role in the fatal crash.
For additional information about this case, view the NJ.com article, “Man Gets 4 Years for Fatal Hit-and-Run after Outbursts from His Family.”