Grand Jury Does Not Indict Driver In Fatal Accident

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NEW BRUNSWICK – A grand jury decided not to indict an 18-year-old Rahway man on criminal charges in connection with a May accident that left a 16-year-old Colonia girl dead and another girl seriously injured.

The grand jury declined to formally charge Allen McGovern with vehicular homicide in the death of Jennifer Metzger and assault by auto for the injuries suffered by the other girl, Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Nicholas Sewitch said.

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Prosecutors argued that the Ford Explorer driven by McGovern was traveling at an excessive speed north on Route 9 when he lost control and crashed into a guardrail on May 14. Sewitch said that blood taken from McGovern revealed that he had no alcohol or drugs in his system at the time of the crash.

McGovern and the unidentified female passenger were airlifted to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital for treatment, but Metzger was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident at 9:17 p.m.

“Information was obtained that indicated McGovern was likely cut off by another vehicle just before the accident,” Sewitch said. “There was no collision and that vehicle has never been identified. The grand jury heard the testimony and declined to indict Mr. McGovern.”

McGovern was issued tickets for excessive speeding and other violations that will be heard in municipal court, Sewitch said. It is also “likely” that the state Motor Vehicle Commission will revoke McGovern’s license for a period of time, the prosecutor added.


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