RAHWAY — A city woman is charged with vehicular homicide after Essex County authorities say she caused a deadly accident while texting and driving.
Jennifer Sahoye, 35, of Rahway, was originally charged with causing death while driving with a suspended license in the Oct. 10 crash on Routes 1 & 9 in Newark.
Prosecutors say Sahoye was driving in the express lanes of Route 1 & 9 in Newark when she crossed into the local lanes and hit a pickup truck driven by 58-year-old Carlos Carvalho.
The impact caused Carvalho’s truck to overturn, and the Elizabeth man was ejected and suffered fatal injuries.
Authorities say they have proof that Sahoye, who was also allegedly driving with a suspended license, was texting at the time of the crash.
Family members said Carvahlo was a father of three who had been married for 36 years and worked as a welder.
Sahoye was originally charged with causing death while driving with a suspended license, but the charges were upgraded after it became clear she was using her phone.
She being released from the Essex County jail on $50,000 bond and faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.
Prosecutors say state motor vehicle records show Sahoye had 35 moving violations starting with a first speeding ticket in Holmdel issued only a few months after she got her license in 1995.
Motor Vehicle Commission records show Sahoye was cited for speeding nine times, in some cases for going 30 mph over the limit,
Those violations, coupled with other charges for careless driving and failing to obey a traffic signal, have triggered at least 65 license suspensions because Sahoye failed to pay fines or comply with court-orders so her license could be restored.
“She should never have been on the road,” said Sergio Carvalho, 33, one of the victim’s three sons. “It’s like she hasn’t learned anything since 1996. She probably still hasn’t learned.”
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