MONMOUTH COUNTRY, NJ – Yesterday, a local woman was indicted by a New Jersey grand jury on one count of vehicular homicide and three counts of vehicular assault.
The indictments stem from an incident that occurred on July 27, 2011 in Freehold Township, NJ. Investigations led the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s office to determine that Shayna Zalcberg, 28, of Coventry, had allegedly consumed alcohol before getting behind the wheel with two passengers in a Honda Accord.
The accident occurred when Zalcberg lost control of the vehicle while driving on Throckmorton Street and crossed into the opposite lane of traffic, causing an oncoming Honda Pilot to strike the side of her vehicle. Freehold Township Police and the Monmouth Country Prosecutor’s office responded to the scene.
Zalcberg, the other driver and her two passengers were all transported by helicopter to the New Jersey University Medical Center. One of her passengers, Feliciano Colon, 35, of Freehold, NJ, was pronounced dead at the center. The second passenger, Jose Irizarry, 35, of Freehold, NJ, suffered numerous factures to the ride side of his body and sustained punctures and lacerations to his lung, kidney, spleen and liver. The driver of the Honda Pilot, Donald Farrell, 41, of Englishtown, NJ, sustained a broken leg and was released after treatment.
Zalcberg was later arrested by the Coventry Police Department in August on a fugitive warrant from the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s office.
Yesterday, Zalcberg was indicted on one charge of vehicular homicide, in the second degree, a charge subject to the No Early Release Act (N.E.R.A) in New Jersey that requires a convicted individual to serve 85 percent of their sentence before parole. She was also indicted on two counts of third degree vehicular assault and one count of fourth degree vehicular assault.
If convicted, Zalcberg could face five to 10 years for the first charge, an additional three to five years for each of the two third degree counts and 18 months for the charge of the fourth degree. According to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s office, Zalcberg was released on $150,000 bail. She will be arraigned before the Honorable Lisa P. Thornton, J.S.C. at a later date.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant Prosecutor Noah Heck for New Jersey and Zalcberg is being represented by James Fagan, Esq.
Some information was obtained from a previous Times article.