FLEMINGTON, NJ - A Whitehouse Station man faces a string of charges including second degree death by auto after a head-on crash yesterday afternoon that killed two people.
According to a press release from Hunterdon County Prosecutor Anthony P. Kearns III, 23-year-old Frank Cabezas was driving a Ford Explorer south on Route 523 in Readington, just south of Woodschurch Road, when the SUV hit a Toyota Camry around 2:45 p.m. In the Toyota was a family that was returning from an Easter egg hunt, Kearns said.
The Toyota’s occupants included two grandparents – Frank Corso, 79, and his wife, Audrey Corso, 75, both of Flemington – who died in the wreck. Their son, Gregory Corso, 43, of Budd Lake, suffered minor injuries and was taken to Morristown Medical Center, according to the press release.
A five-year-old boy, Matthew Corso, who was in a rear booster seat, was taken to Morristown Medical Center and then released. His 10-year-old sister, Marissa Corso was flown Robert Wood Johnson Hospital in New Brunswick for treatment.
Cabezas was charged with two counts of second-degree degree death by auto, three counts of fourth degree assault by auto, reckless driving, and driving under the influence. He was not injured in the crash, Kearns said.
Cabezas’ bail was set at $250,000 by the Hon. Bruce Jones, and he was lodged in the Somerset County Jail.
“This is a terrible tragedy that changed the lives of this family in a split second,” Kearns said. “We offer our sincerest condolences to the Corso family.”
The crash was investigated by Readington Township police, the Hunterdon County Prosecutor's Office and the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office Fatal Crash Team. Whitehouse Rescue Squad and Three Bridges Fire Company responded.
The press release was jointly issued by Kearns, Chief of Detectives John J. Kuczynski and Readington Township Police Chief Sebastian Donaruma.