Teenage Driver Avoids Vehicular Homicide Charges in Accident That Killed Emerson NJ High School Senior
The teenager who was behind the wheel of a car that flipped and killed an Emerson high school senior was cited for a juvenile delinquency charge.
According to Bergen County prosecutors, the 17-year-old suspect was driving a Nissan Pathfinder that was involved in a serious accident on Hasbrouck Avenue in Emerson, NJ. The suspect was allegedly driving at an extremely high rate of speed when she lost control of the vehicle.
The Nissan Pathfinder flipped several times. During the accident, the suspect’s best friend was ejected from the vehicle.
The victim, an 18-year-old senior at Emerson Jr./Sr. High School, died as a result of her injuries.
The suspect managed to avoid any significant injuries in the single-vehicle crash. The same was true for a 15-year-old male passenger in the backseat of the Nissan Pathfinder: he also escaped serious injury.
The suspect was ultimately charged with a juvenile crime. Had she been an adult, the suspect likely would have faced charges for vehicular homicide or manslaughter. Vehicular homicide may be classified as a second degree felony. This means that a conviction on vehicular homicide charges carries a potential sentence of 5-10 years in New Jersey State Prison.
Bergen County prosecutors stated that the investigation into the cause of the fatal accident remains active and ongoing.
For more information about this case, access the NJ.com article entitled “Charges Filed in Crash That Killed Emerson Student Stephanie Morgan.”