Colonia Man Indicted In Perth Amboy Officer’s Death

NEW BRUNSWICK – A 24-year-old Colonia man was indicted by a grand jury last week on charges of aggravated manslaughter and vehicular homicide in the Aug. 22 death of a Perth Amboy police officer.

Middlesex County authorities previously charged that Sean McGuirk was intoxicated as he drove on Green Street in Woodbridge at 4 a.m., ignoring red lights at both the northbound and southbound crossings at the Route 1 intersection and slammed into a patrol car. The crash killed Thomas Raji, 31, who was expecting his first child.

McGuirk’s blood alcohol test following the crash showed a reading of 0.107 percent, authorities said. The legal limit is 0.08 percent.

The grand jury also charged McGurik with two counts of aggravated assault and two counts of assault by auto because two other people were seriously injured in the crash: Officer Matthew Mercurio, and a prisoner that was being transported to Middlesex County Jail. Mercurio remains out of work, according to authorities.

Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Nicholas Sewitch said the aggravated manslaughter count was added to the charges after investigators reconstructed the collision, “which focused on a number of factors, including the speed of the McGuirk vehicle.” He would not say how fast McGuirk was driving at the time of the crash.

McGuirk remains free on $100,000 bail. He pleaded “not guilty” following his arrest. If convicted, the Colonia resident could spend as much as 50 years in prison, authorities said.

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