PLAINFIELD, NJ - Acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan announced Friday that a Union County grand jury returned a two-count indictment against the Middlesex County man charged with leaving the scene of a fatal pedestrian strike that took place in Plainfield a little more than three months ago.
South Plainfield resident, Lavar B. Jones, 37, was charged with second-degree vehicular homicide and second-degree leaving the scene of a fatal accident in connection with the death of Sergio D. Cuxun-Tista, 39, of Plainfield, who had just exited a taxi when he was struck and killed.
According to Union County Assistant Prosecutor Armando Suarez, att approximately 2:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 29, Plainfield Police Division and South Plainfield Police Department patrol units responded to the 1100 block of West Eighth Street in Plainfield to find Cuxun-Tista suffering from serious injuries, Cuxun-Tista was later pronounced dead at the scene.
Jones was located shortly thereafter at his home, several hundred feet further southwest down West Eighth Street, just over Plainfield’s municipal border with South Plainfield. Jones' car, a Honda Accord was also found outside the home with heavy front-end and windshield damage.
An investigation involving the Prosecutor’s Office, Plainfield Police Division, Union County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Unit, and Union County Police Department Fatal Accident Reconstruction Team ultimately determined that Jones was traveling at approximately 65 mph in a 25-mph zone when the incident occurred. More than six hours after the crash, his blood-alcohol level was also measured to be nearly double the legal limit of 0.08 percent.
Convictions on second-degree charges are commonly punishable by 5 to 10 years in state prison.