Driver faces death by auto charge after accident that killed 6-year-old
A Piscataway man has been charged with death by auto after a Jan. 16 incident in which his car jumped a curb in Highland Park, killing a 6-year-old boy and injuring the child's mother, authorities announced Wednesday.
Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and Chief Stephen J. Rizco of the Highland Park Police Department said that one count of death by auto was filed against 21-year-old Shang Zhen Huang in connection with the incident which occurred on Raritan Avenue near the Columbia Street intersection in Highland Park at 3:10 p.m. Saturday. Initially, the driver faced two counts of aggravated assault.
Authorities say the child and his mother were struck when Huang's blue, 2013 Lexus jumped the curb as the two victims were walking along the sidewalk.
Both victims were taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, where the child, identified as Chaim Kraus, was pronounced dead at 3:39 p.m., authorities said in a press release earlier this week. The child’s 37-year-old mother, whose name has not yet been released, was listed in critical condition.
Huang remains in custody in lieu of $200,000 bail, the prosecutor said.
Authorities are continuing to investigate the incident and are asking anyone with additional information to contact Detective Heck of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at 732-745-3300, or Officer Curbelo of the Highland Park Police Department at 732-572-3800.
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