ELIZABETH, NJ - A North Plainfield man was indicted on two counts in connection with the hit-and-run death of a Piscataway man in Plainfield last fall.
A Union County grand jury returned a two-count indictment Friday against Erixon Velasquez-Maldonado, 26, of North Plainfield. He was accused of being responsible for an alcohol-related hit-and-run that took the life of a man in Plainfield, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Friday.
Maldonado has been charged with second-degree vehicular homicide and second-degree leaving the scene of an accident in connection with the death of 45-year-old Maynor Pena of Piscataway.
Early on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015, Plainfield Police Division patrol units responded to the 700 block of West Front Street in Plainfield on a report of a hit-and-run pedestrian strike, according to Union County Assistant Prosecutor Jillian Reyes, who is prosecuting the case. Upon their arrival, officers found Pena suffering from serious injuries; he was transported to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, where he was pronounced dead a short while later, Reyes said.
Minutes after the hit-and-run, police responded to a report of a second accident near the area of Park Avenue and East 5th Street in Plainfield, where they found Velasquez-Maldonado and took him into custody. Velasquez-Maldonado later was found to have a blood-alcohol level of approximately three times the legal limit of 0.08 percent.
Bail in the case was set at $150,000 with no cash allowance.