Garbage Truck Driver Who Admitted to NJ Deadly Crash Gets Prison
A 45-year-old garbage truck driver who admitted to causing a deadly crash has been sentenced to four years in prison.
Angel Caraballo-Maldona, of Newark, had previously pleaded guilty to second-degree reckless vehicular homicide on Aug. 29, stemming from the crash over three months earlier.
After 5 a.m. the morning of May 8, law enforcement officers in Pequannock Township responded to a crash involving a garbage truck and a 2020 Chevy Traverse at the intersection of Route 23 North and Alexander Avenue.
Investigators found the Traverse was stopped at a red light when it was struck from behind by the truck, driven by Caraballo-Maldona.
The SUV caught fire and its unconscious driver was pulled from the wreck by Caraballo-Maldona and a bystander — but the unidentified driver was pronounced dead at the scene.
Video surveillance showed Caraballo-Maldona was using his cell phone at the time of the crash.
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