A New Jersey teenager has a lot to think about as the state moves to keep him detained throughout the course of his prosecution. The 19-year-old Jersey City resident is facing an aggravated manslaughter charge after allegedly striking and killing another man while evading police. He is also being charged with death by auto, leaving the scene of a fatal accident, eluding police, resisting arrest by flight, and driving without a license.
The violent incident reportedly took place in the early morning hours on a Tuesday, beginning when a sheriff’s officer spotted a vehicle speeding down the street. The officer attempted to pull over the driver, but the motorist reportedly continued driving and accelerated while running multiple red lights.
The vehicle was unable to make it through all the red lights, however, eventually striking another vehicle at an intersection before crashing into a bus shelter. Inside the bus shelter was a man waiting for the bus. The man ended up being hit by the vehicle and seriously injured. He was taken to the Jersey City Medical Center, where doctors pronounced him dead a half-hour later.
The man driving the vehicle, along with two other occupants of the motor vehicle, allegedly fled on foot after the vehicle crashed. Police caught one of the suspects a short distance away and kept him for questioning. The driver was eventually arrested two days later.
Severe Penalties for Aggravated Manslaughter Charges in New Jersey
The man facing the most serious charges in the case has a lot to deal with. In New Jersey, an aggravated manslaughter charge is punishable by up to 30 years in prison (minimum 10 years), depending on the circumstances. The first degree felony also carries a maximum fine of $200,000.
The fact that the suspect has also been charged with driving without a license, leaving the scene of the accident, and several other criminal offenses puts him in a tough situation. Nevertheless, while his charges could come with a significant amount of jail time and hefty fines, it is possible that the maximum sentences can be avoided.
With an experienced criminal defense attorney handling the case, the outcome could be better than expected.
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