Hit-And-Run Death Of Township Man Nets Drag Racer 13 Years In Prison

Tyrone Harrison.

The 22-year-old Piscataway man who admitted running down a township resident while drag racing last year was sentenced Sept. 11 to 13 years in prison.

Freddy S. Garcia, Jr. was sentenced to 10 years in prison for vehicular homicide and three years in prison for leaving the scene of an accident, according to a press release from the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.

The sentences are to run concurrently; Garcia will have to serve at least 8-1/2 years of his 10-year sentence before he is eligible for parole on the vehicular homicide charge, according to the release.

Garcia will also lose his driving privileges for three years after being released from prison, according to the release.

Garcia pleaded guilty on May 31, 2019, to vehicular homicide, knowingly leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death, causing death while driving with a suspended license, filing a false report, and hindering his own apprehension in the death of 49-year-old Tyrone Harrison of Somerset.

Harrison, the vice-principal at New Brunswick High School, was walking along Stelton Road in Piscataway to a relative’s house from the Edison train station when he was hit and killed by Garcia’s car on Oct. 6, 2018.

Garcia was drag racing on the street when he lost control of his 2003 Honda Accord and hit Harrison, according to the release.

Garcia abandoned his car, which was neither registered nor insured, and fled the scene after hitting Harrison, and later falsely reported that his car had been stolen, according to the release.

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