BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A Bridgewater resident has been indicted on second degree reckless vehicular homicide and other charges stemming from a fatal motor vehicle collision on Old York Road in Raritan in September 2020.
Kevin D. Betyeman, 56, was indicted Wednesday on charges of second degree reckless vehicular homicide, third degree strict liability vehicular homicide and two charges of third degree hindering apprehension or prosecution.
Around 3:30 p.m. Sept. 18, 2020, Somerset County Prosecutor Michael Robertson said, Betyeman was driving a 2018 Chevrolet Silverado eastbound on Old York Road when his vehicle struck and killed Celeste Andresen, then 60, of Arizona.
At the time of the collision, the indictment said, Andresen was in a well-marked crosswalk and attempting to cross Old York Road near Woodmere Street. In addition, according to the indictment, Betyeman's blood alcohol concentration was above the legal limit of 0.08% BAC several hours after the collision.
The two counts of hindering apprehension, the indictment said, are based on Betyeman allegedly denying to two police officers that he had consumed any alcohol.
In addition to the indictment, Robertson said, Betyeman was charged with motor vehicle summonses of driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, careless driving and failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.
The defendant will be required to appear before a Superior Court judge within 14 days for an arraignment.
If convicted of second degree reckless vehicular homicide, Betyeman would serve five to 10 years in state prison with 85% to be served without parole. If he is convicted of third degree strict liability vehicular homicide, the defendant would be required to serve between three and five years in state prison.
The investigation was conducted by the Raritan Borough Police Department in conjunction with the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office Collision Analysis Reconstruction Team.