FLEMINGTON, NJ - Christopher T. Rafano has pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide in the case that resulted in the death of William D. Hildebrant.
The charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison, according to Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office Spokesperson Det. Colin C. Frinzi.
Hildebrant was one of four people on an ATV driven by Rafano in the July 28 mishap in Clinton Township. Records show Hildebrant fell off the vehicle after it hit a bump on Kiceniuk Road, and that he died from blunt trauma to the head.
Officials initially sought to conceal some details in the case, prompting TAPinto to sue the township and the Hunterdon Prosecutor’s Office in Superior Court for refusing to release public documents related to it. Officials released the documents only after seeing the lawsuit.
Rafano, who lives in Readington, owns Sweet Melissa’s Patisserie on Payne Road in Clinton Township. He pleaded guilty on Wednesday before Judge Angela Borkowski. Rafano will be sentenced on the third-degree charge on Oct. 25, Frinzi said.