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Burlington County Grand Jury Indicts Woman for Manslaughter in Fatal Car Crash

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A grand jury recently indicted a 26-year-old Connecticut woman on manslaughter charges in connection with a fatal car accident in Bordentown Township, NJ. Not long after the indictment was issued against the suspect, law enforcement went to her residence in Granby, CT and placed her under arrest.

The fatal car crash occurred around 10:30 p.m. on December 2, 2015. The victims, a 26-year-old Hamilton NJ man and a 23-year-old Hamilton NJ woman, were traveling northbound on County Route 545 (Bordentown-Georgetown Road) in Bordentown when their vehicle, a 2008 Hyundai Elantra, suddenly swerved into the opposite lanes. The car slammed head-on into a 2003 Toyota Tundra, causing catastrophic injuries to both victims in the Hyundai. Fortunately, the other motorist, a 72-year-old man from Pemberton NJ, survived the accident.

Cause of Fatal Car Crash on Bordentown NJ Road

It was previously reported that the Hamilton female was driving the car at the time of the accident, but it was unclear why she crossed into the wrong lane on the road. What was not revealed to the public until recently is that the suspect was allegedly chasing after the vehicle when the crash occurred.

The suspect is reportedly the estranged wife of the male victim. The couple was still legally married, but they were not living together. According to Burlington County prosecutors, the suspect and the two victims got into a heated argument. After the verbal altercation ended, the suspect allegedly followed the victims in her own car and tried to run them off the road.

Detectives with the Bordentown Township Police Department and the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office investigated the accident and eventually determined that the suspect was responsible for the events leading up to the fatal crash. The suspect was subsequently charged with two counts of manslaughter. The offense is classified as a second degree felony, which means that a conviction could potentially result in the suspect being sentenced to 5-10 years behind bars.

Now that a Burlington County grand jury has indicted the suspect on the very serious criminal charges, it is likely that the case will head to trial in Burlington County Superior Court – unless the suspect reaches a plea agreement with prosecutors in advance of the trial date.

New Bail Requirements for Criminal Defendants in New Jersey

When the fatal accident happened, the suspect was serving with the U.S. Air Force and stationed at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in Trenton, New Jersey. Sometime after the car crash, the suspect left the military and moved to Hartford County, Connecticut.

The suspect will be free to return to her Connecticut home after a judge denied the prosecution’s request to detain her without bail until trial. The request for pre-trial detention came on the heels of New Jersey’s new bail process, which prevents the State from detaining defendants who do not pose a safety risk to the public and who lack the financial resources needed to post bail.


If you have been arrested and charged with a violent crime in NJ, it is imperative that you have an experienced, aggressive criminal defense lawyer representing you. Contact the Law Firm of Stephen R. Piper today to schedule a free initial consultation.


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