MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - Two men were charged with vehicular homicide in the death of 19-year-old Felicity Eden of Jamesburg, who died of injuries sustained in a three-car crash outside Wal-Mart on Route 1 South in North Brunswick on May 24, 2020. Eden was hit by two cars which were both driven by impaired drivers.
Rashawn Stevens, 33, of Newark and Garry Givens-Owens, 28, of Somerset were both charged with strict liability vehicular homicide. Strict Liability Vehicular Homicide is a crime in which a person operates a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or with a prohibited alcohol or drug content and his conduct causes the death of another person. it. The crime is then labeled as a strict liability crime in the third degree.(ncsl.org)
Felicity Eden was pronounced deceased at the scene from the injuries she sustained in the crash. Born in Perth Amboy, Eden resided in Jamesburg. She was currently enrolled in Lincoln Technical Institute in Woodbridge to pursue her passion in geriatric nursing. She was employed as a dietary aide with Care One in East Brunswick.
Rashawn Stevens was arrested today in Newark, and Garry Givens Owens was taken into custody yesterday in North Brunswick. They are both currently being held in the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center pending a detention hearing.
During the investigation it was determined that Stevens was driving his Lincoln Sedan southbound on Route 1 when he struck the vehicle driven by the victim. Givens-Owen was driving a BMW Sedan which first struck the Lincoln, and then the vehicle driven by Felicity Eden.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Patrolman Jason Zier of the North Brunswick Police Department at (732) 247-0922, or Detective Jonathan Berman of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-4328.
As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against Stevens and Givens-Owens are merely accusations, and they are presumed innocent until proven guilty.