A Vernon NJ man could be on his way to jail after pleading guilty to street racing and causing a fatal car crash in Butler, New Jersey.
The motor vehicle accident occurred on July 29, 2016. According to Morris County prosecutors, the suspect was driving his car along Route 23 in Butler and speeding when he lost control and crashed.
The force of impact caused all three vehicle occupants to be ejected from the car.
The driver and one of the passengers were seriously injured in the crash Meanwhile, the second passenger was catastrophically hurt and needed to be airlifted to an area hospital. A week after the accident, he died as a result of his injuries.
The car crash victim lived in West Milford NJ and was just 20 years old when he died.
Detectives with the Butler Police Department conducted an investigation into the accident and determined that the suspect was taking part in a drag race with another car just moments before the fatal accident.
Now the criminal case is over, with the suspect reaching a plea agreement with the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office and pleading guilty to assault by auto.
The plea deal calls for Morris County prosecutors to recommend that the suspect receive a sentence of 270 days in the Morris County Jail in Morristown, NJ.
For additional information about this case, read the NJ.com article, “Man Reportedly Admits to Racing Before Fatal Route 23 Crash.”