NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A Franklin Township man faces a vehicular homicide charge for allegedly driving after using marijuana last month when he struck and killed a 19-year-old Rutgers University student in downtown New Brunswick.
David Stewart, 36, of the Somerset section of Franklin, was under the influence of marijuana on Sept. 28 when his car struck, Cory Aufiero of Colts Neck, on George Street near Albany and Somerset streets about 9:30 p.m., Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey and city police Director Anthony Caputo said in a joint statement
Aufiero, who authorities said was on the sidewalk but lost his footing and stumbled into the street when he was struck, was pronounced dead at the scene from his injuries.
Stewart is charged with third-degree strict liability vehicular homicide, Carey said.
He said Stewart also was charged with driving with a suspended license while involved in a motor vehicle accident resulting in the death of another.
These criminal charges were filed Monday.
Stewart was also issued a motor vehicle summons for driving while under the influence of marijuana, and he was previously issued a summons for driving with a suspended New Jersey license, Carey said.
New Brunswick police Officer Sean Cahill and Detective David Abromaitis of the prosecutor’s office investigated the case and determined Stewart was driving a 2011 Nissan Sentra and traveling west on George Street near Albany and Somerset Streets, the prosecutor said.
Stewart is scheduled for an initial court appearance in Superior Court on Nov. 15.
Police are still seeking witnesses and ask that anybody with information Cahill at (732) 745-5200 or Abromaitis at (732) 745-4436.