NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A Middletown woman is facing a 10-year prison sentence after pleading to charges from a car crash on the Garden State Parkway in Woodbridge that killed one passenger and injured another passenger.
Kimberly Franklin, 20, pleaded guilty to charges of aggravated manslaughter, vehicular homicide, assault by auto and driving while intoxicated, Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey said in a statement.
In exchange for the guilty plea, Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Keith Abrams, will recommend that Franklin is sentenced to 10 years in prison for causing the crash last November that killed 18-year-old Nicole Smith, of Middletown, and seriously injuring a 20-year old female passenger from Middletown, Carey said.
Franklin will have to serve 85 percent of her prison term before she is eligible for parole. Also, upon her release, Franklin's driver's license will be suspended for a period ranging from five years to life, Carey said. The Superior Court Judge Diane Pucus will determine the length of the suspension at the sentencing scheduled for May 13, the prosecutor said.
He said State Police Detective Anthony Giunta and Detective Jonathan Berman of the prosecutor's office investigated the crash and determined Franklin was speeding and under the influence of alcohol and marijuana while driving a 2018 Dodge Charger southbound on the Parkway about 1:30 a.m. on Nov. 26, 2018.
Franklin's Charger struck the back of a 2009 Nissan Rogue, then struck a guardrail and tree and flipped over, causing both passengers to be thrown from the vehicle, Carey said.