A Bronx, N.Y. man was charged with aggravated manslaughter after he sped through a red light and crashed into the car of a mother and daughter from Spotswood on Monday, Oct. 1 on Ryders Lane.
Following the accident, Emanuel Garcia, 29, ran from the scene, but was apprehended outside an office building on Summerhill Road shortly before 3:42 p.m., according to the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.
Garcia was charged with two counts of aggravated manslaughter following the deaths of Dolores Krowicki, 83, and her daughter, Karen A. Larue, 60, both of Spotswood. Superior Court Judge Dennis Nieves, sitting in New Brunswick, set bail at $1 million for Garcia, who is being held at the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center in North Brunswick.
A preliminary investigation by the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office and the East Brunswick Police Department shows that Garcia was stopped at a red traffic light on Route 18 northbound at Racetrack Road shortly before 3 p.m. When the light turned gree, Garcia made a sudden, illegal U-turn onto the southbound side of Route 18.
An East Brunswick police car, which also had stopped for the red light, pursued Garcia, who continued to Rues Lane, driving in excess of the posted 40-mile-per-hour speed limit, according to the Prosecutor’s Office.
Police followed, but for safety reasons, considered the defendant’s speed and location, and terminated the pursuit on Rues Lane.
The investigation further showed that Garcia continued driving at speeds greater than the posted limit on Ryders Lane and used the shoulder of the road to pass several vehicles before he disregarded a red light at the Winton Road intersection and broadsided Krowicki’s vehicle, according to the Prosecutor’s Office.
The victim’s vehicle, a 1995 Ford Taurus, was making a left turn from Winton Road onto Ryders Lane when it was hit. The Taurus spun into oncoming traffic and struck another vehicle, which had stopped for the red light on Ryders Lane. That vehicle rolled into the vehicle behind it, but no one in those two vehicles was injured.
The charges were filed after Krowicki was pronounced dead at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick at 3:40 p.m., and her daughter was pronounced dead at the hospital at 5:38 p.m.
The results of autopsies being performed by the Middlesex County Medical Examiner’s Office were not immediately available.
Garcia, who was not injured in the crash, ran from the scene, but was apprehended outside an office building on Summerhill Road shortly before 3:42 p.m.
The investigation remains active. Anyone with information is asked to contact Officer Sean Garrison of the East Brunswick Police Department at 732-390-6900, or Investigator Gregory Morris of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at 732-745-3904.