A Florida man is headed to jail after pleading guilty to homicide charges related to a fatal motorcycle accident in Bergen County, New Jersey.
The fatal auto accident occurred just before 8:00 a.m. on May 13, 2012. The suspect, a 25-year-old Florida man, was driving his car in the area of MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford when he crashed into a motorcyclist. The biker, a Kinnelon resident who owned a business in Cliffside Park NJ, died due to injuries sustained in the accident.
Law enforcement conducted an investigation into the fatal accident and determined that the suspect was speeding prior to the collision.
The suspect was arrested and charged with second degree death by auto, a felony-level offense that could have led to a sentence of 10 years in NJ State Prison if the case had gone to trial. However, the suspect avoided trial, and the most severe penalties, by reaching a plea agreement with Bergen County prosecutors.
Now a Bergen County Superior Court judge has signed off on the plea deal and sentenced the suspect to just 364 days in the Bergen County Jail. The judge also sentenced the suspect to five years of probation after he completes his jail sentence.
For more information about this case, access the NorthJersey.com article, “Man Gets Jail Term in Death of Kinnelon Motorcyclist.”