A Bergen County lady pleaded responsible to first-degree dying by auto in reference to the DWI crash that killed a 66-year-old man on school property in Sept. 2019, authorities stated.
Denisse Ortega, of New Milford, entered the plea throughout a Thursday listening to that was attended by the household of the sufferer, Mario Santamaria Sr., Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez stated in a launch.
Ortega, 36, was behind the wheel of a 2018 Nissan Pathfinder driving north on JFK Boulevard in North Bergen when she crashed right into a 2012 Nissan Altima pushed by Santamaria, who was heading west on 76th Avenue on Sept. 29, 2019 round 4 a.m., Suarez stated.
Santamaria, of North Bergen, was pronounced lifeless at Jersey Metropolis Medical Focus on 5:15 a.m.
Ortega was touring 83 mph in a 25 mph zone and did not obey a number of different visitors legal guidelines on the time of the crash, which occurred inside 1,000 toes of North Bergen Excessive Faculty, police stated.
The state is recommending a 10-year state jail sentence topic to the No Early Launch Act, a 10-year driver’s license suspension and forfeiture of the Pathfinder, Suarez stated. The opposite expenses of Ortega’s indictment could be dismissed at sentencing pursuant to the plea settlement.
Ortega is scheduled to seem for sentencing on Jan. 6, 2022.
The investigation was performed by the Hudson County Regional Collision Investigation Unit and the North Bergen Police Division.
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