SOUTH BRUNSWICK – A Plainsboro man was arrested and charged with causing a drunk-driving crash in which one of his passengers was killed early Saturday morning, Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan and Chief Raymond Hayducka of the South Brunswick Police Department announced.
Rohit Maddineni, 25, was charged with aggravated manslaughter following the death of Pavan Gottumukala, 25, of Edison.
Maddineni was being held at the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center Saturday in lieu of $300,000 bail that was set by Superior Court Judge Cantor, who said the defendant must post the full amount before he can be released from custody.
According to authorities, an investigation by Officer Gene Rickle of the South Brunswick Police Department and Investigator Scott Crocco of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office showed that Maddineni had been drinking before driving Gottumukala, a rear-seat passenger, and a 25-year-old female passenger, who was seated in the front passenger side of the vehicle.
The investigation began after police were alerted to a car crash at 3:41 a.m. on March 31 near the 200 block of Dey Road in South Brunswick.
Authorities said that upon arriving, police determined Maddineni, who was heading toward Plainsboro, lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a utility pole. Gottumukala was ejected from the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Maddineni and the female passenger were taken to the hospital and were treated for minor injuries. The female passenger’s name was not immediately released.
Authorities are asking anyone with information to call Investigator Crocco of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at 1-732-745-4471, or Officer Rickle of the South Brunswick Police Department at 1-732-329-4000, ext. 7459.
As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charge against Maddineni is merely an accusation and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
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