Driver In Atlantic County, NJ Charged With 2 Counts Of Vehicular Homicide For Fatal Car Crash
On Thursday, February 23, 2017, Pennsylvania resident Albert Tolley, age 63, of Malvern, PA was arrested by United States Marshals Service officers in Cape May County who later turned Tully over to the custody of the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office in order to process him for the arrest.
Reportedly, Tolley is now being held in the Atlantic County Justice Facility, pending a March 1st detention hearing in the Atlantic County Superior Court. The March 1st detention hearing is the result of Tolley’s indictment of criminal charges he faced on February 16, 2017 in connection with a head-on collision that took the lives of a passenger in each vehicle nearly two years ago on July 11, 2015.
Members of the New Jersey State Police responded that night to the head-on collision on State
Route 49 at milepost 47.5 in Estell Manor, Atlantic County where two people were reportedly killed and two others were injured in the crash.
The crash occurred around 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, when New Jersey State Police say that the Subaru operated by Karen Kunak in the eastbound lane was struck head-on by the Toyota Rav 4 operated by Albert Tolley going west, and that Tolley’s vehicle impacted Kunak’s vehicle while Tolley was attempting to improperly pass other vehicles.
Sadly, one passenger from each of the vehicles died as a result of the catastrophic injuries they sustained in the collision. Kunak’s husband, Joseph, age 72, who was a passenger in her vehicle, was killed in the crash, as was Tolley’s wife Suzanne, age 61, who was a passenger in his vehicle. Tolley’s wife, Suzanne, was pronounced dead on the scene, while Kunak’s husband, Joseph, died at the hospital, reported State Police Sgt. Jeff Flynn.
The criminal charges that Albert Tolley faces are for two counts of Vehicular Homicide, which is considered a crime of the 2nd degree in the State of New Jersey. For the conviction of a second degree crime, the court can impose a prison sentence of anywhere between 5 and 10 years to be served in a New Jersey State prison, and they can set a fine for up to $150,000.
In addition to the criminal charges listed above, Tolley was also charged for Reckless Driving, Improper Passing and Failure to Maintain a Single Lane.
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