SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - A Jamesburg man has pleaded guilty to killing a South Brunswick resident in a car crash and fleeing the scene. The crash took the life of Corey Holsten, age 25, of South Brunswick on August 8, 2019 at Cranbury Road.
Peter Prete, age 58, struck Corey Holsten on his motorcycle while driving his 2004 Jeep Wrangler. Prete fled the scene of the crime and was spotted by law enforcement officials in South Brunswick, East Brunswick, and Jamesburg before being arrested at his home. The investigation was led by Detective Jonathan Berman of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office and South Brunswick Traffic Safety Officer William Merkler.
Prete pleaded guilty on Friday to willingly leave the scene of a motor vehicle accident resulting in death. Under the plea agreement made with Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Keith Abrams, Prete will face a minimum of 10 years in prison and will not be eligible for parole for five years. He is scheduled to be sentenced at the Middlesex County Courthouse in New Brunswick on May 14, 2020, according to a report from the South Brunswick Police Department.
“The suspect fled after killing a man in a crash and wanted to escape justice. His capture and conviction is a direct result of the hard work by several police departments and the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office.” Said South Brunswick Police Chief Raymond Hayducka in a press release from the department, “I want to thank the East Brunswick and Jamesburg Police Departments as well as the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office for all their assistance. I also want to recognize Officer Merkler and Detective Berman for their diligent work in piecing together multiple crime scenes and physical evidence.”
Corey Holsten was born in New Brunswick and graduated from South Brunswick High School in 2012. He was working as an electrician’s assistant for Cougar Power and Electric in Piscataway. He is survived by his parents, siblings, and step-siblings according to his obituary at the DeMarco Funeral Home in Monroe Township.
“Cory loved going fast, a love inspired by his father at an early age. Whether it was horse racing or dirt racing, he loved being at the track.” reads Corey Holston’s obituary “When he wasn't working hard, Cory loved spending time in the fields on the family farm with his dad, grandpa, grandma, and girlfriend, Lisa. Cory lived life exactly how he wanted to, and spread positivity to everyone he met.”