Aggravated manslaughter charges have been filed against a New Jersey motorist accused of causing a deadly high-speed crash after he fled from police officers.
Middlesex County prosecutors say 28-year-old Shareef Holder of New Brunswick also faces vehicular homicide and eluding charges stemming from Saturday night's accident in North Brunswick. He was being held Sunday on $1 million bail, and it was not known if he had retained an attorney.
Holder was allegedly speeding around 9:50 p.m. when he crashed into a vehicle driven by 22-year-old Luis Rodriguez of Franklin Township. Rodriguez was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, which occurred on Jersey Avenue near Huron Road.
Moments before the accident occurred, authorities say Holder had been involved in another accident on Route 27 in New Brunswick that apparently didn't cause any injuries. Holder drove away from the crash scene, but was soon stopped by a city police officer.
However, Holder then drove off moments later from the traffic stop and crashed into Rodriguez's car a short time later. Holder's vehicle then struck two other vehicles before it finally came to a stop, but no one in those two vehicles was injured.
Authorities did not say whether Holder suffered any injuries in either accident.