Judge Tosses Indictment Against NJ Man Who Hit Teen With Car

MAYS LANDING, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A judge has dismissed a vehicular homicide indictment against a New Jersey man accused of killing a teen who vandalized his car.

The judge says prosecutors failed to give a complete picture of what happened in Egg Harbor Township on Sept. 6.

William Simkins’ lawyer says the 31-year-old was chasing three teens on bicycles when 16-year-old Jason Broschard swerved into the car’s path. Broschard was thrown from the bike and died at the scene.

The judge ruled that information was crucial in determining whether Simkins acted recklessly, which is an element of vehicular homicide.

Simkins fled the scene and turned himself in two hours later.

Assistant Prosecutor Diane Ruberton told The Press of Atlantic City the case would likely be presented to another grand jury.

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One Comment

  1. Roy says:

    Did he ever hear of 911…………………

  2. Bell Toller says:

    the teen deserved what he got.

  3. Bob Fowler says:

    I love it. My car is being vandalized. I chase the vandals. One swerves into my path. I get arrested. Unless I missed the part of the story where Simkins was driving on the sidewalk, or through a park, maybe it is time to stop blaming victims?

    Isn’t it normally the case where if a death occurs as a result of another crime, the criminal, and not the victim, is charged with the death? It would make much better news if they prosecuted the other vandals for the death of their partner.

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