Dover NJ Man Charged with Vehicular Homicide in DWI Accident
On December 22 last year, an accident involving 59-year-old Fabio Aristizabal caused the death of 64-year-old Morris Plains resident Richard Oberst. According to police, Mr. Oberst was struck by Mr. Aristizabal’s car while standing in the middle of Route 10 West, near the Pelican ski shop in Parsippany.
Mr. Aristizabal was not initially charged in the accident, but an investigation revealed that he was under the influence of alcohol. An export report concluded that Mr. Aristizabal’s blood was above legal limit of .08 percent at the time of the crash.
Recently, a grand jury in the Morris County Superior Court in Morristown indicted Mr. Aristizabal.
In New Jersey, death by auto is governed by N.J.S.A. 2C:11-5. The statute classifies the crime as a first degree felony. If Mr. Aristizabal is convicted of first degree vehicular homicide, he could be sentenced to as many as 20 years in state prison. Even if Mr. Aristizabal is only convicted of DWI charges, he could face jail time.
For more information about this case, check out the NJ.com article entitled “Man Charged with Vehicular Homicide in Crash That Killed Pedestrian on Rt. 10.“