NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A Rahway woman has been charged with vehicular homicide in connection with a fatal collision earlier this month.
Jennifer Sahoye, 35, was originally charged with causing death while driving with a suspended license in the Oct. 10 crash on Routes 1 & 9 in Newark.
Further investigation revealed Sahoye was texting while driving at the time of the crash, which killed 58-year-old Carlos Carvalho of Elizabeth, Essex County prosecutors said.
Sahoye was driving southbound in the express lanes of Route 1 & 9, near the Route 78 interchange, when she crossed into the southbound local lanes and hit Carvalho’s Ford pickup truck, prosecutors said. The truck overturned and Carvalho was ejected from the truck. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Sahoye was arraigned on both charges Tuesday and is being held on $50,000 bail.
She faces a maximum of 10 years in prison if convicted.
This is the first vehicular homicide case in Essex County involving texting while driving.
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