Linden NJ Man Charged with Death by Auto for Allegedly Causing Fatal DWI Accident

A Linden New Jersey man who was already charged with Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) in connection with a drunk driving accident now faces charges for death by auto after the victim tragically died.

The fatal DWI accident occurred on December 13, 2015. The suspect was driving his Toyota Tercel along East Elizabeth Avenue in Linden NJ when he turned left onto McKinley Avenue. At that moment, the victim was riding a motorcycle and traveling on the same road. The suspect reportedly cut off the motorcyclist. When the biker tried to avoid a collision with the suspect’s vehicle, he was reportedly thrown off his motorcycle and ended up hitting the rear of the suspect’s car.

The injured motorcyclist, a 51-year-old Elizabeth NJ man, was rushed to Trinitas Hospital in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Although doctors tried to save the victim, they were unable to do so; he was later pronounced dead as a result of his accident-related injuries.

The suspect, a 46-year-old man from Linden NJ, initially faced charges of Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) because he was reportedly intoxicated at the time of the car accident. When police administered a breath test, the suspect allegedly registered a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) significantly higher than .08 percent, which is the legal limit in New Jersey.

The suspect now faces criminal charges for death by auto after the injured motorcyclist passed away as a result of injuries sustained in the car accident.

While the criminal charges are pending, the suspect was being held at the Union County Jail on a $75K bail amount. He was also ordered to surrender his passport so that he cannot leave the country until the case is resolved.

If the suspect is convicted of death by auto, he faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in NJ State Prison because the crime is classified as a second degree felony. The DWI charges also carry significant penalties that could result in the suspect losing his driver’s license for a period of 10 years.

For more information about this case, check out the following article: Linden man charged in drunk-driving crash that killed motorcyclist