TRENTON, NJ -- A man said to be the driver of a white GMC Van that allegedly caused a fatal accident claiming the life of one man and sending six others to the hospital has been arrested.
According to a statement by Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri and Robbinsville Chief of Police Christopher Nitti, Robert E. Torres, 24, from Philadelphia, PA, was apprehended Monday in Philadelphia by the U.S. Marshals NY/NJ Fugitive Task Force.
As previously reported by TAPinto Hamilton/Robbinsville, the accident took place at approximately 6:30 p.m. on June 24 when a white GMC Savana work van traveling southbound on Route 130 allegedly caused a Pontiac Trans Am to cross the highway median near Woodside Road and collide with two vehicles -- a Hyundai Elantra and Toyota Highlander -- traveling in the northbound lanes.
The white GMC van proceeded to flee the scene of the accident and was located in Langhorne, PA, the next morning.
Vincent Zitani, 23, of Yardville was pronouned dead at the scene of the accident. All seven occupants of the remaining vehicles were hospitalized. They have since been released from the hospital.
Torres is charged with one count of second-degree vehicular homicide, one count of third-degree operating a motor vehicle with a suspended or revoked license while involved in an accident resulting in death of another, one count of fourth-degree operating a motor vehicle with a suspended or revoked license while involved in an accident resulting in serious bodily injury of another, five counts of fourth-degree assault by auto causing serious bodily injury, and two counts of assault by auto causing bodily injury, a disorderly persons offense. He is being held pending extradition to New Jersey.
The case remains under investigation by the Robbinsville Township Police Department and the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office Serious Collision Response Team. Anyone with information is asked to contact Robbinsville Detective Sergeant Adrian Markowski at (609) 259-3900, or Prosecutor’s Detective Salvatore Vaccaro at (609) 273-7453.
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