At least a woman who was pregnant and an 11-year-old child were among three fatalities after an SUV crash that also sent six others to local hospitals last Sunday in NE New Jersey.
R-15 just at the intersection of Jefferson Twp. was the site of the crash that happened Saturday night. Investigators stated that the vehicle suddenly swerved out of the roadway then it overturned and ejected most of its passengers.
Fatalities were Lucila Colon, age 62, and her 11-year-old granddaughterTevia Booth who were pronounced dead on the scene. The third fatality was Julissa Colon, age 36 who expired later after admission to the local hospital. County prosecutors Morris added that Julissa Colon was carrying a five-month old baby which did not live.
Elizabeth Echevarria, who is Colon’s sister, said that the deceased were from the same family: Lucila was the grandmother of Tevia.
The SUV’s driver, identified as Luis Torres, age 37, resident of New Jersey City was confined in the Police Station since Sunday with a cash bail set in the amount of $750,000. He is charged with the following: (1) three counts each of aggravated manslaughter & vehicular homicide; and (2) five counts of assault by car.
Police of Jefferson Township police said that Torres told them he and his passengers had attended a family gathering that day in Sussex County and were on their way home when the crash occurred. Torres admitted that for most of the day, he had been drinking beer and said he was trying to overtake another vehicle when he lost control of the SUV.
The 2002 Explorer turned and struck a home, at the same time ejecting several of the nine passengers inside the vehicle.
The family was coming home from a barbecue party in Tomahawk Lake in Sparta where two dozen family and friends had gathered for a birthday party.
The driver and the rest of the passenger that a boy of 5 years, were all transported to the Hospital of Saint Clare’s in Dover sustaining moderate to serious injuries.
According to court documents, Torres told police that he brought marijuana with him in the barbecue but did not use them; however, he admitted using marijuana the day before.
According to the prosecutor’s office, Torres is now facing the following charges: (1) multiple counts of aggravated manslaughter; (2) vehicular homicide; and (3) assault by auto.
He was confined to the Morris County jail instead of a $750,000 bail.
That Saturday, the family was celebrating the birthday of Echivarria’s 15-year-old son. There were about two dozen members of the family coming to celebrate the occasion. Echevarria said it was difficult for them to coordinate as family members are living in New York and New Jersey.
They were finally able to do it but it ended in tragedy.
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Source: CBS News Com
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