A Somerset man was indicted Friday for allegedly driving high and causing the death of a 19-year old Colts Neck teen studying at Rutgers.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey announced Friday that a man from Somerset was indicted today for allegedly driving high and causing the death of a 19-year old Colts Neck teen, a sophomore at Rutgers University.
David Stewart, 36, of Somerset, was indicted for vehicular homicide in the third degree; he was also indicted for driving with a suspended license.
An investigation by New Brunswick police determined that on September 28, 2018, Stewart, who police say was under the influence of marijuana at the time, was driving a 2011 Nissan Sentra west on George Street near Albany and Somerset streets. The Rutgers student lost his footing and stumbled onto the street where he was struck and killed by the vehicle, police said.
Cory Aufiero was pronounced dead at the scene from his injuries. Aufiero had just graduated from Colts Neck High School in 2017, where he was on the varsity golf team. He was studying to be a business major at Rutgers.
At the scene of the crash, New Brunswick police issued two motor vehicle summonses to Stewart: For driving while under the influence of marijuana and driving with a suspended New Jersey license.
Colts Neck was stunned and deeply saddened when news of the local teen’s death spread through the community this past fall.
“It’s unbelievable. He was a great kid,” said Bob Gartner, the director of golf instruction at the Colts Neck golf club. Gartner coached Aufiero in golf for years, and for the past three summers, Aufiero worked as a counselor at their golf summer camp.
“All the other kids loved him,” he said. “At the summer camp, the kids got to pick which counselor they wanted, and Cory was always the first one the kids requested. Every week the kids would say, ‘We want Cory, we want Cory!’ He was helpful; he was funny; he had a great sense of humor. He was that kind of a kid.”
Aufiero competed on the varsity boys’ golf team during his years at Colts Neck, where he was a standout. He was named a top returner for the 2017 season. He loved golf, his family wrote in his obituary, and his favorite golfer was Jordan Spieth.
The varsity golf coach at Colts Neck High School, Bryan Parks, said he was devastated by the news.
“As a friend, teammate, or student, Cory was one of the most loyal kids you would ever meet,” said Coach Parks. “He had an infectious personality that just lit up a room. I don’t think he ever had a bad day, and if he did, he never would show it … The kid wouldn’t think twice about giving you the shirt off his back. He had a tremendous impact on the Colts Neck community, and his loss will be felt for a long time.”
Aufiero was a member of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity at Rutgers. https://news.yahoo.com/man-indicted-stoned-crash-killed-221308166.html;_ylt=AwrXgiMlt6BcW1UA_qTQtDMD;_ylu=X3oDMTByc3RzMXFjBGNvbG8DZ3ExBHBvcwM0BHZ0aWQDBHNlYwNzcg–
In an interview with Fox News, Tom Homan, who was the director of ICE between January 2017 and June 2018 said: “I mean are you kidding me? 10,000 people per year die from DUIs (Driving under the influence of alcohol). 28 people a day die from DUIs.
“I’d rather put an illegal alien in jail for DUI than white collar bank fraud. It isn’t about if it’s a felony or misdemeanour, it’s about is it a public safety threat, and it’s threatening the American citizens.”
It was not clear whether he meant he would rather jail illegal immigrants who were caught drink driving over anybody committing “white collar bank fraud”, or whether he was referring to illegal immigrants who were somehow managing to commit “white collar bank fraud” – of which there are likely to be very few.
Mr Homan’s comments were met with outrage. Many on Twitter pointed out he was presenting a false dichotomy as arresting people for drink driving and arresting people for bank fraud is not an either/or situation and both are possible.
Instead it was suggested the remarks revealed Mr Homan’s prejudices and several people accused him of racism.
Others pointed out it was not the job of a law enforcement officer “to determine which laws are not worth enforcing”.
Last year Mr Homan defended the Trump administration’s policy of separating parents and children at the US-Mexico border when they had entered the country illegally.
“Those who choose to come between the ports of entry are committing a crime,” Mr Homan said, according to Time magazine.
“Children and parents get separated every day across this country when a parent is charged with a criminal offence. It’s sad to see children cry when you take a parent out of a home, but because it’s sad, doesn’t mean that we ignore the law.”
He added: “You can like or love this president, but no president has done more for border security and public safety than this president. You cannot deny that.”
According to Forbes the cost of white collar crimes in America is over $500bn a year. https://news.yahoo.com/former-ice-director-says-rather-122435359.html;_ylt=AwrXgSPVcZ9cfHkA3Y_QtDMD;_ylu=X3oDMTByMjR0MTVzBGNvbG8DZ3ExBHBvcwM3BHZ0aWQDBHNlYwNzcg–
Knoxville, Tenn. • Former All-Star first baseman Todd Helton has received a misdemeanor citation on a charge of driving under the influence after getting involved in a one-car accident.
Helton’s lawyer says the former Colorado Rockies star has entered a residential treatment program.
“He realizes there are parts of his behavior that need to change, and he is focused on doing just that,” Stephen Ross Johnson said in a statement.
According to a Knox County sheriff’s report, Helton’s car struck a telephone pole March 18 before 6 p.m. Officers said Helton indicated he had taken an Ambien at about 2 p.m. One officer saw a cup in Helton’s car that “had the odor of an alcoholic beverage.”
Officers said they were unable to conduct field sobriety tests or interview Helton in depth on the scene because he was being transported to a hospital for further evaluation. They said that “due to the totality of the circumstances, and due to the arrestee needing immediate medical treatment away from the scene,” Helton was given a misdemeanor citation “in lieu of custodial arrest.”
Johnson said Helton required emergency medical care but wasn’t seriously injured. Officers said Helton voluntarily gave blood for chemical testing while at the hospital.
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Yeah, the Pac-12 needed this: Oregon is in the Sweet 16, with the same defense that stymied Utah.
Helton, 45, retired in 2013 after spending his entire 17-year playing career with the Rockies. The five-time All-Star remains Colorado’s career leader in numerous hitting categories, including hits (2,519), homers (369), runs (1,401), RBIs (1,406) and total bases (4,292).
He had a DUI arrest in Colorado in 2013. https://www.sltrib.com/sports/2019/03/26/todd-helton-cited-dui/
Taiwan plans to ramp up punishments for those who cause a fatal accident while drunk driving, including the death penalty for the most egregious cases, sparking an outcry from abolition and rights groups.
The cabinet on Thursday approved a draft amendment to the Criminal Code that would make death by drunk driving an indictable murder offence, potentially punishable by death if the deed is deemed “intentional”, officials said.
The proposal needs parliamentary approval but comes after a spate of high profile deaths that have generated widespread outrage.
Currently the maximum sentence in Taiwan for causing a death while drunk behind the wheel is 10 years.
The new proposal would increase jail sentences for repeat offenders who commit a new offence within five years of their first conviction.
They face up to a life sentence for causing a death and 12 years for grave injuries.
“Cases of drunk driving leading to death are rampant… drink drivers recklessly caused accidents that took lives and destroyed families to result in irreparable regret,” the Justice Ministry said in a statement.
In one notorious case in January, a 40-year-old man crashed his van into a taxi while driving intoxicated, killing three people and injuring three others including himself.
Very few countries employ the death penalty for drunk driving cases.
China has previously vowed to execute those who have killed behind the wheel and some states in the United States retain capital punishment for such cases.
In 2014 a Texas man was indicted on “capital murder” after he ploughed his car into a crowd killing four people.
But in the end prosecutors did not seek the death penalty and he was sentenced to life imprisonment.
Several rights groups on Thursday, including the Taiwan Association for Human Rights, issued a joint statement criticising the proposed amendment and calling for “rational legislation for irrational drunk driving”.
“There is a lack of evidence and research that seeking grave penalties and legislation would truly prevent drunk driving,” the statement said.
Taiwan resumed capital punishment in 2010 after a five-year hiatus, despite ongoing calls from local and international rights groups for its abolition.
Various surveys over the years have shown support from the public for keeping the death penalty.
Taiwan executed a man who murdered his ex-wife and their daughter last September, the first execution carried out under President Tsai Ing-wen’s government that took office in 2016. https://news.yahoo.com/taiwan-mulls-death-penalty-drunk-driving-084435546.html;_ylt=AwrXnCIuv5xcKwoAz37QtDMD;_ylu=X3oDMTByb2lvbXVuBGNvbG8DZ3ExBHBvcwMxBHZ0aWQDBHNlYwNzcg–
MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — Police have arrested actor Michael Madsen after they say he was stopped while driving under the influence.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department says Madsen was driving a Land Rover, which struck a pole in Malibu, California, around 8 p.m. PDT on Sunday. The 61-year-old, who has been featured in such Quentin Tarantino movies as “Reservoir Dogs” and “Kill Bill,” was not injured.
Officers questioned Madsen and he was placed under arrest. His blood-alcohol level was not immediately available. He was released from jail Monday morning.
His publicist has not responded to an email seeking comment.
This was not the first time Madsen was arrested for an incident involving alcohol; it happened twice in 2012.
In September of that year, he was arrested in Malibu in 2012 for a suspected case of drunken-driving on the Pacific Coast Highway. A test administered at the time put his blood-alcohol level at .21, more than twice the legal limit of .08, according to Steve Whitmore, then a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office.
That March, Madsen was arrested at his Malibu home after what detectives described as a drunken fight with his teenage son. However, prosecutors declined to file charges because of a lack of evidence. https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2019/03/25/michael-madsen-arrested-driving-under-influence-dui/3268052002/