It was a normal night out with friends for Uzcategui, who was at a famous NJ bar, Bamboo, in Seaside Heights. As soon as he left the club, he caused a crash on Garden State Parkway by Toms River that involved an off-duty police officer, Jason Marles. The authorities said that Uzcategui rear-ended Marles’ Jeep, which caused him to hit a guardrail and overturn before it caught on fire. Authorities also added that Uzcategui had a blood-alcohol-content of 0.155, which is practically double the legal limit. Uzcategui is being charged for vehicular homicide and driving while intoxicated and possession of a controlled dangerous substance.
According to Senior Assistant Ocean County Prosecutor, Patrick Sheehan, Uzcategui met up with friends at a Seaside Heights hotel, drank vodka and diet coke, then left to meet more friends at the Bamboo bar. Uzcategui left the bar in the early hours and headed home using the parkway, which then led to the accident.
The defense attorney Brian Neary wants to prove that the accident was “tragic” rather than “criminal.” He also wants to prove that Uzcategui was not in a reckless state of mind.
The trial is still going on, but feel free to share your thoughts on the case!
Peskoe1, Ashley. "Trial Starts for Manchester Man Accused in Wreck That Killed Off-duty Cop." NJ.com. N.p., 1 July 2014. Web. 01 July 2014.