OLD BRIDGE – A 19-year-old Franklin Township man has been charged in connection with Wednesday’s Route 9 crash in which a Freehold man died and three members of his family were injured as a result of a stolen vehicle pursuit by police.
Samuel Villar of the Somerset section has been arrested and charged with one count of aggravated manslaughter, a first degree crime, in connection with the death of Arturo Tlapa Luna, 33, Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and Old Bridge acting Police Chief Donald F. Fritz Jr. announced.
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Villar also was charged with four counts of aggravated assault, one count of eluding, one count of employing a juvenile, all second degree crimes and one count of theft, a third degree crime, according to the prosecutor’s office.
He was held at the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center in North Brunswick pending a pretrial detention hearing in Superior Court.
In addition, a 17-year-old male was taken into custody and charged with juvenile delinquency for offenses which if committed by an adult would constitute as one count of burglary, a third-degree crime, one count of joyriding, a fourth-degree crime and one count of conspiracy to commit burglary, a third-degree crime, the prosecutor’s office said.
Meanwhile, a GoFundMe.com page has been set up to help pay for Luna’s funeral costs and his family’s medical expenses.
Around 2:14 a.m. Wednesday, Old Bridge Police Department responded to a crash near the intersection of Spring Valley Road and Route 9 South.
As a result of the crash, Luna