NEWARK, NJ – Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, announced today that Garrett Carter, 52, of Newark was convicted by an Essex County jury of vehicular homicide in connection with the death of Steven Dawkins, 39, of Orange.

 

Following a trial before the Honorable Michael L. Ravin, Judge of the Superior Court, the jury convicted Carter of striking and killing Dawkins as he crossed in the 200 block of West Market Street in Newark on Sept. 22, 2017 at 9:30 p.m. 

 

At the time, Carter had a blood alcohol level of .168, that means he was operating his vehicle at twice the permitted level of intoxication. In New Jersey, a person is guilty of drunk driving if he operates a motor vehicle with a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of 0.08 percent or greater.

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Assistant Prosecutor Brian Pollock, who tried the case, said, “Driving is a privilege, not a right.  As a driver, we owe a duty to those around us to remain of sober mind and sound judgment.  Mr. Carter failed society at large, and specifically Steven Dawkins, in that duty when he chose to drive his vehicle while highly intoxicated on the night of the incident.  Today’s verdict represents a sounding bell to the public that our citizenry will not tolerate such behavior.”

 

Sentencing is scheduled for June 3. Carter faces 10 to 20 years in New Jersey State Prison.