Prosecutor: Teen Charged with Vehicular Homicide, Assault by Auto in Fatal 2022 Accident

A teen has been charged in connection with a motor-vehicle collision that claimed the life of two juveniles and injured two others in Freehold Township last year, Monmouth County Prosecutor Raymond S. Santiago announced on Wednesday.

The defendant was 17 at the time of the crash, and because of his age, his identity is being withheld. He has been charged on juvenile complaints with two counts of second-degree vehicular homicide and two counts of assault by auto.

The case background …

Shortly after 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19, 2022, police were dispatched to the area of 3468 Route 9 for a single-vehicle motor-vehicle crash. Upon arriving on scene, police found the juvenile defendant and four juvenile victims who had been passengers in his vehicle. Two of the victims were pronounced dead on the scene. The others were transported to a local hospital for treatment.

An investigation involving members of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and the Freehold Township Police Department determined that the juvenile defendant was driving at an excessive speed, swerving in and out of lanes, when he lost control of his car, ran off the road, and struck multiple objects before rolling through a parking lot, eventually striking a steel support pole from a business sign.

Anyone with information about this incident is still being asked to contact Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Brian Boryszewski at 800-533-7443 or Freehold Township Police Officer Sean Foley at 732-462-7500.

— Edited press release from the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office