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Bronx Man Charged in Death of Mother and Daughter Following Accident

Emanuel Garcia was charged with aggravated manslaugther following an accident Monday at Ryders Lane and Winton Road.

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.

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Patty October 03, 2012 at 01:22 AM
Very sad for Mom and Daughter and there loved ones, you just never know when your time is up so sad...
Phil Peterson October 03, 2012 at 04:19 AM
Tie the slug down on an EB road and let everyone run over him
Jessica Licata October 03, 2012 at 02:54 PM
My prayers and thoughts go out to the mother and daughters family. You never know when your time is up. Why did the police do that thing when they hit the suspect s' car to stop it. I hope garica is hanged for what he did. what a sad story. I hope you rott in Jail Garcia.
Christopher October 03, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Jessica -- The police did not touch the suspect's car and were forced to abandon the chase once he left the highway.
Jessica Licata October 03, 2012 at 04:40 PM
well then some other police officer should have taken it over to innocent lives were taken away. why was it aggravated manslaughter. It should be vechicular homicide or 2 counts of vehicular manslaughter?
Christopher October 03, 2012 at 04:48 PM
That's not the point, Jessica. Suspects often flee at high rates of speed because they are trying to outrun the cops. There's no police department in the country that would sanction a high-speed car chase through a residential area - except perhaps if it involved a kidnapping or other significant threat. It's unfortunate that this guy kept driving at a high rate of speed. There are schools and parks on that stretch of the road. Police bumping a vehicle at a high rate of speed could have ended up killing even more people.
Dan F October 03, 2012 at 07:14 PM
If they had a crystal ball they would have shot him dead. But they don't, so all they could do is follow the safest procedure.
Sandra October 03, 2012 at 08:27 PM
I saw when he first popped the u turn and hit our vehicle. There was no indication the officer was going to pull him over. As soon as it turned green he did the illegal u turn and we almost collided as well as the Toyota next to us, that was then that the officer turned his lights on and pursued him I only saw him on route 18 and he was gunning it and passed the red light by the mall weaving in and out of lanes. I just don't understand why he did that because he didn't want to go to jail for a suspended license look at him now looking at much more time. My prayers go out to the family of the women who passed!!
Sandra October 03, 2012 at 08:28 PM
Almost hit our vehicle *
Christopher October 03, 2012 at 09:31 PM
My guess is that there will be even more to this story as the investigation continues. Completely suspect that someone would take this kind of action just over a suspended license.
Sandra October 03, 2012 at 10:36 PM
Agreed !!!!
Cindy Q October 05, 2012 at 06:27 AM
i am very close friends with Emmanuel Garcia. probably one of my closest friends...its sad that this has happened to these two innocent females and i feel for the family who must endure the pain of losing not one one but two people who they love but I know emmanuel like the back of my hand, i know hes probably beating himself over the head over this. It must be difficult to live with the fact that he has ended to lives so my prayers go out to everyone involved. not only the family of the lost ones but also him and his family.
Jessica Licata October 06, 2012 at 04:59 PM
I did not realize he was in a residental area or parks i am sorry. they did the right thing. I would not them to endanger more people. sorry I thought i was right but i was wrong Christopher.
jennifer j October 06, 2012 at 05:55 PM
I personally know Emmanuel too for years he's a very good friend of mine . And I must say Emmanuel is a good person he is incapable of hurting or killing anyone, u am in shock! I can't believe this has happened, my condolences goes out to the family of the victim.
Joanna Barouch October 10, 2012 at 03:34 PM
If he's beating himself up over this, I hope he beats himself senseless. I witnessed the accident at Winton/Ryders. I was in the third car in oncoming traffic. I saw him flying down Ryders, saw him slam into the Taurus, and saw their car and his spinning out of control directly at the two other cars and me. My car is clearly visible in all photos. His car came to rest on the median-thank God for the median-about 10 feet from my vehicle. The coward jumped out of his death torpedo and ran. How he managed to be unhurt after the velocity of the crash is beyond me. I've already given my statement to the investigators. If necessary I will gladly go to court to see that those ladies get justice, as well as the people who were directly in front of me. I want the court to lock Garcia up and throw away the key. This is not the first time he has been in trouble for reckless driving and endangering the lives of others, and if they don't make sure he's off the road for a good long time he is SURE to do it again. He could be a great guy to you but he has caused the deaths of 2 people. He had choices to make and he made them...he chose to speed, he chose not to stop and he chose to run away. You know, he doesn't seem like such a great guy to me. I will never, ever forget what I saw. I also want to say that the EB police and Spotswood EMTs did excellent work at the scene and with the investigation. I hope the coward Garcia doesn't see the light of day until he is very old.
edma c. October 10, 2012 at 03:56 PM
Wow ,this is crazy. I pray for both families cause they go.a need strength,but only God knows why things like this happen and why he did what he did,we ain't God to judge AND sentence him. I send my condolences to the family that lost two ppl,Garcia I don't know you in a personal level but I pray to God he takes over your case.
Gemm October 11, 2012 at 04:49 AM
Brigette M October 19, 2012 at 02:14 AM
am a very close friends with garcia and let me tell there has to be a reason for him to do what he did and am sure he didnt mean to my heart goes out to the family of those ladies that die and also to emmanuels family but we are nobody to judge him thats for god to do and yes is a tragery but that doenst make him a monster he is still a person like all of us my prayers goes out to the families of those ladies as well as my friends family
Glenny Jorge October 19, 2012 at 12:38 PM
Im A Very Close Friend Of Garcias Too And I Know It Was Wrong What He Did But It Would Never B Intentional For Him To Crash Into Another Persons Car And Kill 2 People. He Is A Great Friend And I Know He Has His Regrets And Guilts. My Condolences Goes Out 2 Da Grieving Family. And 2 Mannys Family He Will B In My Mind N Im Here For His Support.
Joanna Barouch October 19, 2012 at 03:03 PM
None of you saw those 2 cars spinning wildly out of control. You have no idea of the terror of the two women who died because of Garcia's actions. You have no idea of the terror of we who were directly in the line of fire of Garcia's and his victim's cars. You didn't see those two women covered in blood, dying right in front of you. You didn't see the heroic efforts of the EMTs to attempt to save them. You don't think you have the right to judge. You are right. You didn't see any of this. I did as did the two people in front of me. As did people who just happened to be on the playground or standing on the corner or in the school bus. The East Brunswick police did and are continuing to do an outstanding job of investigating this horrifying event. The judge sitting in New Brunswick will pass judgement on Garcia with enough evidence to put him away for a very long time. Garcia's "remorse" just doesn't cut it. As I've said,he had choices to make and he made them. He chose to make an illegal u-turn, he chose to drive at excessive speeds, he chose to blow the light, he chose not to stop when he saw their car....he didn't even try...and he chose to RUN AWAY after his car came to rest on the median feet from my car. He has a previous record of driving on a suspended license and for reckless driving. He has hopefully lost his driving privilege forever. 2 people are dead because of his cowardice and indifference to the lives of others. Never forget. I won't.
Glenny Jorge October 20, 2012 at 12:30 AM
Everyone is entitled to their own opinion , no one is saying wat he did wasnt wrong just saying I am a friend n it is sad speaking as a mother . .
HERMINIO FRANCO October 22, 2012 at 03:24 AM
all i can say is all those judging and wishing death or crazy jail sentence on emanuel must be the cleanest people in the world who have never commited anything wrong. shaking my head.
cyn October 26, 2012 at 02:06 PM
wow this gave me the goosebumps , the situation is crazy..
cyn October 26, 2012 at 02:19 PM
I've known Garcia for a few years now... He has a good heart... He made stupid choices in life when it comes to his love for cars and speed.. but he is turly a good man.. my prayers go out to his family.. AND for those that lost there life in this horrible accident, i hope u two women are resting in peace ... may god bless your family and keep them going ... This is a horrible situation .. i hope everything gets better for both family


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