NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The man who was street racing when he struck and killed the former vice principal at New Brunswick High School has been sentenced to 13 years in a state prison.
Freddy S. Garcia Jr., 22, of Piscataway, was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years for vehicular homicide, subject to the No Early Release Act. That means Garcia will have to serve the first 8 1/2 years of this prison term before becoming eligible for parole.
Superior Court Judge Diane Pincus also sentenced Garcia to three years for leaving the scene of an accident. This term is to run consecutive to the 10-year sentence, according to a statement from Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Christopher L.C. Kuberiet.
Garcia pleaded guilty on May 31 to vehicular homicide, knowingly leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death, causing death while driving with a suspended license, filing a false report and hindering his own apprehension in the death of Tyrone Harrison, 49, of Franklin.
Police said that Garcia was racing other drivers on Stelton Road in Piscataway on Oct. 6, 2018, at about 9:17 p.m. when he lost control of his 2003 Honda Accord.
Garcia struck and killed Harrison, abandoned his car and fled. Later, he filed a false report that his car, which was not registered or insured, had been stolen.
Harrison, a vice principal of New Brunswick High School, was walking from the Edison train station on his way to a relative’s house when he was struck. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Garcia was charged following an investigation by Officer Meredith Robbins of the Piscataway Police Department and Detective Jonathan Berman of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.
Harrison started in the New Brunswick school system as a special education teacher, then became vice principal at the high school. In 2018, he started as vice principal of the McKinley Elementary School, an assignment he took to further his goal of becoming a principal.