ROXBURY, NJ – A Dumont man was intoxicated when he drove the wrong way on Route 80 in October, causing a crash that killed three people including a former Roxbury High School student, said authorities today.
Thee man, Miguel Botero, 28, faces vehicular homicide charges as a result of his actions.
He was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the 1:45 a.m. crash, said the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office. The fiery accident took place near eastbound mile-marker 45.2 in Parsippany-Troy Hills.
Among the people who died when the westbound car they occupied was struck by Botero’s vehicle was 20-year-old Julia Wells, a former Roxbury High School student.
Wells grew up in Mine Hill, attending Canfield Avenue School. She went to Roxbury High School during her sophomore year. An online fundraiser, created by two of her friends, has raised nearly $7,000.
The crash also killed 20-year-old Jalen Davis, according to her mother, JoAnn Merritt. She created an online fundraiser to help pay for funeral expenses. The site has raised about $10,500 so far.
The third victim of the incident was a man who, according to friends of Wells, was a hired driver, possibly an UBER operator. This could not be confirmed as the prosecutor's office is not identifying the crash victims.
Botero faces three counts of second-degree reckless vehicular homicide, said the prosecutor’s office. He remains in custody pending a court appearance.
Members of the New Jersey State Police Fatal Accident Investigation Unit and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit contributed to the investigation. Anyone with information about the incident is being asked to contact the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit at 973-285-6200.