UNION, NJ – An Elizabeth man has been arrested for vehicular homicide in the death of his daughter from Union as a result of a fatal crash that killed that daughter and seriously injured another daughter, according to a State Police social media post.

State Police say Madelynn Rizzo, 9, of Union was killed on Sunday, November, 25, when her father, Marcelo Rizzo, driving a Ford Focus on I-295 in Mount Laurel, struck a vehicle, went off the right side of the road, and struck several trees.

Marcelo Rizzo and another daughter Juliana Rizzo, 8, also of Union, sustained non-life-threatening injuries and were taken to Cooper Medical Center.  Madelynn Rizzo was pronounced deceased at the scene.

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According to the State Police statement, detectives determined that Marcelo Rizzo was driving under the influence and operating his vehicle erratically when he struck a vehicle in the center lane and went off the road.

State Police say Marcelo Rizzo was charged with vehicular homicide, assault by auto, endangering the welfare of a child, and DWI. He was lodged at Burlington County Jail pending a detention hearing

Charges are mere accusations and the accused is considered innocent until proven guilty.