Passaic County officials announce that based upon an investigation by the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office and the Paterson Police Department, Mr. Asante Cugliari, 22, was arrested on October 21, in relation to an investigation that began on August 9th.
Officials say Mr. Cugliari is charged with Death by Auto - Second Degree and Strict Liability Vehicular Homicide - Third Degree.
On that day, police responded to the area of Ninth Avenue and East 26th Street in the City of Paterson in response to a motor vehicle collision involving two vehicles.
Mr. Cugliari was operating a 2013 Hyundai Genesis, and Gustavo Marte, 58, of Paterson, was operating a 2008 Dodge Charger when the vehicles collided at the intersection of Ninth Avenue and East 26th Street.
Mr. Marte was pronounced deceased at the scene. Mr. Cugliari was charged based on the results of the investigation.
Mr. Cugliari appeared at Central Judicial Processing Court on October 22.
The State has filed a motion for pretrial detention in this matter that will be heard by a Superior Court Judge on Monday, October 26.