EAST BRUNSWICK — Karen Larue grew up in New Jersey, but moved to New Mexico in the 1970’s after she got married. Now, with her son and daughter grown up and residing on the East Coast, Larue, 60, returned to New Jersey two weeks ago to live with her 83-year-old mother, Dolores Krowicki, in Spotswood.
Her brother, Patrick McCusker, of Manalapan, stated that his sister had not been back here in 40 years.
On Monday, Larue and her mother were running errands in East Brunswick when, police said that their car crashed broadside at the intersection of Ryders Lane and Winton Road. Both women died immediately on the scene.
Charged with the death of the two women was a 29-year-old Bronx man, Emanuel Garcia who is charged to appear in Superior Court in New Brunswick today.
Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce Kaplan said Garcia was driving along Route 18 north at Racetrack Road shortly before 3 p.m. Monday when he was stopped at a red light. However, when the light changed, he made a sudden, illegal U-turn onto the southbound side of Route 18. His maneuver caught the attention of police officers, who were also stopped at the red light.
Garcia continued to Rues Lane, with police in pursuit, driving in excess of the 40 mph posted speed limit, Kaplan said that the officers gave chase down Rues Lane, which becomes Ryders Lane, but broke it off when the chase approached the East Brunswick Vocational and Technical High School. Garcia continued onto Ryders Lane using the shoulder of the roadway to pass several vehicles before he went through the red light. It was at this juncture when he struck Larue’s car, which was making a left turn from Winton Road onto Ryders Lane.
Garcia fled on foot after the crash but was arrested a short time later, police said. He has been charged with two counts of aggravated manslaughter and remained in the Middlesex County jail in lieu of $1 million bail.
Garcia has a series of warrants to face: two municipal warrants outstanding in New Jersey, one in Palisades Park on a charge of driving on a suspended license and one in Old Bridge for failing to appear on a charge of careless driving; he has also pending charges in New York, including a first-degree charge for the aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle.
Meanwhile, Krowicki’s family is trying to cope with the loss.
Monday’s accident came less than three weeks after two pedestrians were killed in East Brunswick when a driver lost control of her car on Dunhams Corner Road, went onto the sidewalk and struck five people.
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