Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and Chief Darren Lavigne of the South Amboy Police Department announced that a Matawan man has been charged with causing the death of a bicyclist who died after he was struck by a car that was being driven by the defendant.
Francis Smith, 56, of Matawan, was charged with aggravated manslaughter, death by auto, and leaving the scene of a motor vehicle crash involving fatal injuries.
The charges were filed after William Nash, 57, of South Amboy, N.J., died on January 18, 2017, from head injuries he suffered when he was struck while riding his bike on Main Street in South Amboy on January 17, 2017.
The charges were filed during an investigation by Officer Steven Clark of the South Amboy Police Department and Detective Donald Heck of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.
During the investigation, it was determined that Mr. Nash was riding on Main Street near Route 9 when the defendant, who was driving a 2012 Hyundai Sonata, struck the victim from behind. The victim was taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick.
Smith fled the scene but was apprehended a half-mile away when his car hit a curb and was disabled.
The defendant initially was charged with driving while intoxicated, aggravated assault and fleeing. The new charges were filed on January 22, 2017. Mr. Nash died at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick.
Smith has been in custody since he initially was charged with injuring Mr. Nash. The charges were filed as the result of an investigation by Officer Steven Clark of the South Amboy Police Department and Detective Donald Heck of the MCPO.
The investigation is active and is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call Officer Clark of the South Amboy Police Department at (732) 721-0111, or Detective Heck of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-8842.
As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against Smith are merely accusations and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.