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††††††††††††††††††††††† †††† *News Release*†††††††††††††††† Date: September 29, 2013








New Brunswick man charged in auto fatality


          Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and Kenneth McCormick, director of the North Brunswick Police Department, announced today that a New Brunswick man has been arrested and charged with causing a high-speed crash that killed a 22-year-old Somerset County resident.


Shareef Holder (DOB 4/12/85) was charged with aggravated manslaughter, vehicular homicide and eluding police following the crash that killed Luis Rodriguez, 22, of the Somerset section of Franklin Township.


Holder is being held in lieu of $1 million bail.


An investigation by Investigator Scott Crocco and Investigator Greg Morris, both of the Middlesex County Prosecutorís Office, determined that Holder was traveling at a high rate of speed on Jersey Avenue when he crashed into the rear of the victimís vehicle near Huron Road in North Brunswick. Mr. Rodriguez was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after the crash, which occurred at 9:53 p.m. on September 28, 2013.


The investigation determined that shortly before that collision occurred, Holder, driving a 2001 Mercedes ML 320, crashed into a 1985 Nissan Maxima on Route 27 in New Brunswick. The driver of the Maxima was not injured. Holder drove away from the scene. New Brunswick police saw the defendant and stopped him on Jersey Avenue. Moments later, Holder accelerated and fled from police before striking the 1995 Honda Civic that was being driven by Mr. Rodriguez.


After striking the Civic, Holderís vehicle crashed into a 2003 GMC Sierra pickup truck that was in front of the Honda, and then hit a 2003 Chevrolet Ventura that was in front of the pickup truck. Two passengers in the pickup truck and two passengers in the Chevrolet Ventura were not injured.


The investigation is active and continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call Investigator Crocco or Investigator Morris, both of the Middlesex County Prosecutorís Office at (732) 745-3300.


As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against Holder are merely accusations and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.