Essex County officials announced today that Mr. Shaquan S. Wiley, 34, of Newark has been charged with two counts of aggravated manslaughter and two counts of aggravated assault by auto.
According to authorities, on January 25, Wiley was driving an Infinity when he was involved in a one-car crash resulting in the death of Ms. Imani Exum, 21, and Ms. Tahtiyanah Green, 17, both of Newark.
Police say the crash occurred at 3:34 a.m. in the 300 block of 15th Avenue in Newark.
The preliminary investigation indicates that Wiley was speeding and driving under the influence when he hit a pole and a tree. He was also driving without a valid license.
Five occupants, including the driver, were in the car.
All sustained injuries. Green and Exum were pronounced dead at the scene. The others were injured but survived.
These are accusations. All defendants are presumed innocent unless and until they enter a guilty plea or are found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
The investigation is active and ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force tips line at 1-877-TIPS-4EC or 1-877-847-7432.