MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - Last summer, a hit-and-run accident left South Brunswick's Cory Holstein dead. Today, the driver who killed him was sentenced to ten years of prison time, followed by five years of parole.
Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Christopher L.C. Kuberiet announced that a Jamesburg man has pleaded guilty for his involvement in a crash resulting in the death of a 25-year man who was killed while driving his motorcycle on August 8, 2019.
Peter Prete, 58, of Jamesburg, the operator of the car, pleaded guilty today to knowingly leaving the scene of a motor vehicle crash resulting in death in the second degree and hindering his own apprehension in the third degree. Prete also pleaded guilty to a motor vehicle summons for leaving the scene of an accident.
Under a plea agreement reached with Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Keith Abrams, Prete will be sentenced to a prison term of 10 years with 5 years of parole ineligibility for his involvement in the death of Cory Holsten, 25, of the Dayton section of South Brunswick.
In addition, Prete will be subject to a one-year loss of license upon his release from prison.
Prete was arrested and charged as a result of an investigation by Patrolman William Merkler of the South Brunswick Police Department, and Detective Jonathan Berman of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.
The investigation determined that on August 8, 2019, at approximately 8:50 pm, Prete was driving a 2004 Jeep Wrangler when he was involved in a crash with the motorcycle driven by the victim; he then fled the scene. Cory Holsten was pronounced dead at the scene from the injuries he sustained in the crash
Prete is scheduled to be sentenced in New Brunswick by Superior Court Judge Andrea G. Carter on May 14, 2020.