Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and Director Anthony Caputo of the New Brunswick Police Department announced today that new charges were filed today against a Somerset man in the death of a 19-year man from Colts Neck.
According to authorities, David Stewart, 36, of Somerset, is now criminally charged with strict liability vehicular homicide in the third degree for being under the influence of marijuana when he struck and killed a pedestrian on George Street on September 28, 2018.
In addition, Stewart was charged with driving with a suspended license while involved in a motor vehicle accident resulting in the death of another.
Officials say Stewart was issued a motor vehicle summons for driving while under the influence of marijuana. He was previously issued another summons for driving with a suspended New Jersey license.
Police pronounced Cory Aufiero, a 19-year old Rutgers student, and resident of Colts Neck, dead at the scene from his injuries.
An investigation by Officer Sean Cahill of the New Brunswick Police Department and Detective David Abromaitis of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office determined that Stewart was driving a 2011 Nissan Sentra and was traveling west on George Street near Albany and Somerset Streets. The victim lost his footing and stumbled onto the street where he was struck by the vehicle.
Officials say Stewart is scheduled for his initial court appearance in New Brunswick Superior Court on Nov. 15th.
The investigation is active and continuing.
Anyone with information is asked to call Officer Cahill (732) 745-5200 or Detective Abromaitis of the at (732) 745-4436.
As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against Stewart are merely accusations and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.