EAST ORANGE, NJ — Earlier this week there was a fatal two-vehicle crash on the Garden State Parkway resulting in the death of an East Orange man, Christopher Meikle, 46.

Ronaldo Godwin, 43 of Newark was charged in Union County with second-degree death by auto and witness tampering for causing and attempting to orchestrate a cover-up about his involvement. 

The tragedy happened on Monday, February 15, at approximately 2:45 a.m. New Jersey State Police were called to mile marker 136 in the southbound lanes of the GSP in Clark. There, the State Troopers saw Meikle’s vehicle, in flames near the highway’s center median, and Godwin’s vehicle, overturned on the shoulder. 

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An investigation involving members of the State Police and the Union County Homicide Task Force revealed Godwin struck Meikle from behind at a high rate of speed, causing the collision. 

Meikle was rushed to RWJ University Hospital in Rahway, where he was pronounced dead at approximately 3:35 a.m. Godwin was transported to University Hospital in Newark for emergency treatment only after he is alleged to have offered an unspecified award to a good Samaritan who pulled over to help, in exchange for transportation to flee the scene. 

An investigation involving members of the State Police and the Union County Homicide Task Force revealed Godwin struck Meikle from behind at a high rate of speed, causing the collision. 

Godwin was discharged from the hospital into the Union County Jail pending a first appearance and detention hearing in Union County Superior Court. 

“I would like to commend the hard work of our Homicide Task Force and our partners at the New Jersey State Police, under the leadership of Colonel Patrick J. Callahan, which allowed us to quickly bring charges in this terrible incident,” acting Union County Prosecutor Ruotolo said.