Morris prosecutor: Belleville man, driving at 90 MPH while drinking, crashes, killing Flanders resident, 19

A Belleville man has been arrested in charged in connection with a crash that took the life of a driver in Roxbury, Morris County Prosecutor Maggie Calderwood, Morris County Chief of Detectives Robert McNally and Roxbury Police Chief Dean Adone announced

Gerald Veneziano, 41, of Belleville, has been charged with reckless vehicular homicide in connection with a fatal motor vehicle crash that occurred on May 31, 2024, in Roxbury.

According to the MCPO:

At approximately 10:30 p.m. on May 31, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office was notified of a motor vehicle crash involving two vehicles on Howard Boulevard in Roxbury. An investigation revealed a northbound 2021 Chevrolet Silverado collided with a southbound 2019 Mazda 3.

The driver of the Mazda, Jacob Davis, 19, of Flanders, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The driver of the Silverado was Veneziano.  He was extricated from the Silverado and transported to Morristown Medical Center with serious internal injuries. Numerous open alcohol containers were found in the vicinity of the Silverado.  A subsequent investigation revealed the Silverado was traveling at approximately 90 miles per hour at the time of the collision.

As a result of the investigation, Veneziano was subsequently charged June 21 with one count of second degree reckless vehicular homicide and with a number of motor vehicle offenses.

Pursuant to the criminal justice reform act, Veneziano was released from the Morris County Correctional Facility on a series of non-monetary bail conditions including surrender of his driver’s license and submission to alcohol testing.  The next scheduled court appearance is a pre-indictment conference July 29, 2024, before Judge Claudia R. Jones.

The investigation was conducted by the Roxbury Township Police Department, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit.

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