TOMS RIVER – A Toms River man has pleaded guilty to Vehicular Homicide after fleeing the scene of a fatal parkway crash that killed a man.
On September 5, two men had pulled over near mile marker 86 on the Garden State Parkway due to a minor crash. Daniel Cintron and Frank Puglisi were exchanging their insurance information when Roberto Sandoval-Guerrero, 37, of Toms River, drove into them.
Puglisi was hit in his arm but Cintron was knocked into traffic and run over by passing cars. He was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
According to police, Sandoval-Guerrero continued to drive down the Parkway and eventually ditched his car and fled on foot. He was later found in the area of Route 9 and Church Road where he was arrested.
Sandoval-Guerrero was charged with Vehicular Homicide; Knowingly Leaving the Scene of a Fatal Motor Vehicle Accident; Causing Death or Injury While Driving with a Suspended Driver’s License; Assault by Auto; and Resisting Arrest.
On September 15, Sandoval-Guerrero pled guilty to Vehicular Homicide as well as Driving While Intoxicated.
Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer acknowledged the efforts of Supervising Assistant Prosecutor Michael Abatemarco and Assistant Prosecutor Andrew Leimbach who handled the case on behalf of the State, as well as the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Vehicular Homicide Unit, New Jersey State Police, Toms River Township Police Department, Ocean County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit, and Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit, for their collaborative efforts in connection with this investigation, ultimately resulting in Sandoval-Guerrero’s guilty plea, and soon his state prison sentence.