EAST BRUNSWICK — A Bronx, N.Y. man has been arrested and charged with killing two people after driving through a red light at speeds in excess of the posted limit and crashing into their vehicle, Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan and East Brunswick Police Director William Krause announced Tuesday.
Emanuel Garcia, 29, was arrested Monday and charged with two counts of aggravated manslaughter following the deaths of Dolores Krowicki, 83, and her daughter, Karen A. Larue, 60, both of Spotswood.
Superior Court Judge Dennis Nieves, sitting in New Brunswick, set bail at $1 million for Garcia, who was being held at the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center in North Brunswick.
The charges were filed after Krowicki was pronounced dead on Oct. 1, at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick at 3:40 p.m., and her daughter was pronounced dead at the hospital at 5:38 p.m.
The results of autopsies being performed by the Middlesex County Medical Examiner’s Office were not immediately available at the time Garcia’s arrest was announced.
A preliminary investigation by the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office and the East Brunswick Police Department has shown that Garcia was stopped at a red traffic light on Route 18 north at Racetrack Road shortly before 3 p.m. on Oct. 1.
When the light turned green, Garcia allegedly made a sudden, illegal U-turn onto the southbound side of Route 18.
An East Brunswick police car, which also had stopped for the red light, pursued Garcia, who continued to Rues Lane, allegedly driving in excess of the posted 40-mile-per-hour speed limit.
Police followed, but for safety reasons, considered the defendant’s speed and location, and terminated the pursuit on Rues Lane.
The subsequent investigation further showed that Garcia continued driving at speeds greater than the posted limit on Ryders Lane and used the shoulder of the roadway to pass several vehicles before he disregarded a red light at the Winton Road intersection and broadsided Krowicki’s vehicle, authorities said.
The victim’s vehicle, a 1995 Ford Taurus, was making a left turn from Winton Road onto Ryders Lane when it was struck. The Taurus spun into oncoming traffic and struck another vehicle, which had stopped for the red light on Ryders Lane. That vehicle rolled into the vehicle behind it, but no one in those two vehicles was injured.
Garcia, who was not injured in the crash, ran from the scene, but was apprehended outside an office building on Summerhill Road shortly before 3:42 p.m., police said.
Authorities asked anyone with information relevant to the case to contact Officer Sean Garrison of the East Brunswick Police Department at 1-732-390-6900, or Investigator Gregory Morris of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at 1-732-745-3904.
As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against Garcia are merely accusations and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
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