Fatal Ocean County Crash Caused By Speeding Results In Homicide Charge

Alejandro Huerta-Arias (Photo courtesy Ocean County Jail)

  LAKEWOOD – A driver going about 91 mph was charged with Vehicular Homicide in the death of another driver.

  Alejandro Huerta-Arias, 23, of Toms River, was driving on Madison Avenue (Route 9) at around 8:15 a.m. on March 9. His Infinity G35 struck a Chevrolet Impala that was turning onto Courtney Road. The Impala was pushed into a traffic signal.

  The driver of the Impala, Mark Mandel, 32, of Lakewood, was pronounced dead at the scene.

  Huerta-Arias broke his leg in the crash. Because he was traveling more than twice the speed limit, and his actions resulted in someone’s death, he was charged with Vehicular Homicide.

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  Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer thanked his Vehicular Homicide Unit, Lakewood Township Police Department Traffic Safety Unit, Lakewood Police, and the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit, for their investigation.

  Charges are merely accusations until proven in a court of law.