Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer announced that on June 7, Alejandro Huerta-Arias, 23, of Toms River, was charged with Vehicular Homicide in connection with a motor vehicle crash that occurred in Lakewood Township on March 9, resulting in the death of Mark Mandel, 32, of Lakewood.
According to Prosecutor Billhimer, on Wednesday, March 9, at approximately 8:15 a.m., Officers from the Lakewood Township Police Department responded to the intersection of Madison Avenue and Courtney Road for a report of a serious motor vehicle collision resulting in a fatality.
Initial investigation by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Vehicular Homicide Unit and Lakewood Township Police Department Traffic Safety Unit revealed that Huerta-Arias was traveling northbound on Madison Avenue in a 2012 Infinity G35 when he struck a 2008 Chevrolet Impala - being operated by Mr. Mandel - who was attempting to make a left-hand turn onto Courtney Road.
According to the investigation, the impact of the crash propelled Mr. Mandel’s vehicle into a traffic signal. Mr. Mandel was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Huerta-Arias was taken to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune for treatment of a fractured leg.
Further investigation by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Vehicular Homicide Unit and Lakewood Township Police Department Traffic Safety Unit revealed that the vehicle operated by Huerta-Arias was traveling at an average speed of 91 miles-per-hour at the time of the crash - more than double the 40 mile-per-hour speed limit posted on the roadway.
According to Prosecutor Billhimer, as a consequence, Huerta-Arias was charged with Vehicular Homicide on June 7, and he surrendered himself at Lakewood Township Police Headquarters on the same date.
Huerta-Arias was transported to the Ocean County Jail, where he is presently lodged pending a detention hearing.