NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Freddy S. Garcia Jr. of Piscataway has been charged with the hit and run death of a popular New Brunswick High School vice-principal. Garcia, 21, has been arrested for causing the death of a pedestrian, the 49-year old vice-principal of New Brunswick High School, who was struck and killed on Saturday night, according to Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and Chief Scott Cartmell of the Piscataway Police Department.
Garcia is charged with aggravated manslaughter in the first degree, knowingly leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death in the second degree, causing death while driving with a suspended license in the third degree, hindering in the third degree, and false reports to law enforcement in the fourth degree.
In addition, Garcia was issued 12 motor vehicular summonses which include reckless driving, careless driving, racing on highway, leaving the scene involving personal injury, failure to report collision, failure to keep right, suspended driver, unlicensed driver, unregistered vehicle, uninsured vehicle, fictitious plates, and no inspection sticker.
“We sincerely thank all who came forward with timely information which aided the investigation and led to the current charges,” stated Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey. “We are continuing to gather evidence of this reckless criminal activity. Our thoughts and prayers remain with all of Mr. Harrison’s loved ones.”
The victim, Tyrone Harrison, 49, of Somerset, NJ, a Vice-Principal of the New Brunswick High School was pronounced dead at the scene from the injuries he sustained in the fatal hit and run on Saturday, October 6.
At the time of the impact, Harrison was walking from the Edison train station on route to a relative’s house when he was struck on Stelton Road near Ethel Avenue in Piscataway.
The investigation determined that on October 6, at about 9:17 p.m., multiple vehicles were illegally street racing on Stelton Road in Piscataway. Garcia lost control of his 2003 Honda Accord, struck and killed the victim. Then, Garcia abandoned his car and fled the scene. Later, Garcia falsely reported that his car, which was not registered or insured, was stolen.
The case is being investigated by Officer Meredith Robbins of the Piscataway Police Department and Detective Jonathan Berman of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.
Garcia is tentatively scheduled to appear in New Brunswick via video for his initial court appearance.