A Montclair New Jersey man has been charged with aggravated manslaughter and vehicular homicide after he allegedly caused a deadly car crash in the Lincoln Tunnel.
The fatal car accident occurred in September 2014.
According to authorities, the 39-year-old suspect was driving a red BMW that crashed into the back of a Mercedes minivan. The suspect was reportedly driving at a high rate of speed as he went through the tunnel. Police believe that he was traveling in excess of 90 miles per hour when he slammed into the other vehicle.
The BMW’s collision with the minivan set off a chain reaction, with the minivan subsequently hitting a jitney bus.
A passenger in the minivan, a 49-year-old Summit New Jersey man, suffered a heart attack in the aftermath of the car accident. He was transported to St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital in New York City. However, doctors at the hospital could not save him; he died due to the heart attack.
Two other people sustained minor injuries as a result of the auto accident. They went to Bellevue Hospital in New York to receive medical treatment for their injuries.
The Montclair NJ suspect is now subject to serious criminal charges for aggravated manslaughter and vehicular homicide. He was recently indicted on the criminal charges.
While making a court appearance in Hudson County Superior Court, the suspect’s attorney argued that the suspect may have lost consciousness while driving due to a serious medical condition.
After the indictment was handed down, the suspect was taken to the Hudson County Jail. He is currently being held at the correctional facility on a $250,000 bail amount.
For further information about this case, read NJ.com article entitled “Montclair Man Charged with Manslaughter in September Lincoln Tunnel Crash.”